Today I’m going to be spreading the #BookLove with author Christine Webber. Before we find out all about Christine’s favourite reads, here is a little bit about Christine and her book, Who’d Have Thought It?
After a break of 29 years to write over a dozen non-fiction books, Christine Webber returned to writing fiction in 2016. Her new novel, Who’d Have Thought It? was published in June.
She plans to publish another novel in the summer of 2017.
Christine is a former singer, TV presenter and agony aunt for a wide range of publications.
She writes for Spectator Health and the Netdoctor website and has a psychotherapy practice in Harley Street.
She also broadcasts regularly – most recently for Woman’s Hour, Share Radio and Joanne Good’s programme on BBC Radio London.
Christine lives in Brighton with her media doctor husband, David Delvin.
You can follow Christine on her website and on Twitter.
A year after discovering that her husband no longer loves her, Dr Annie Templeton wakes up with a sudden relish for singledom. However, she soon realises that being single in your fifties is very different from being single in your twenties.
How, she wonders, do people of my age – with careers, adult children doing unwise things with unwise people, parents going gaga, and friends falling ill, or in or out of love – ever have the time and energy to find a new partner?
Who’d Have Thought It? is a romantic comedy, which will make you laugh and cry – often at the same time.
Favourite book from childhood
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. I have just skimmed the end chapter – some 60 years after I first read the book – and it still made me cry with happiness. It was first published in 1936. But I didn’t perceive it as old-fashioned as a child. I loved the three girl characters and their life in London – and the very interesting tenants who lived in their sprawling house.
The first book you fell in love with
Elizabeth Our Queen by Richard Dimbleby. This was a little hard back book given to all primary school children in Croydon at the time of the Queen’s coronation in 1953. Like most little girls, I was quite enthusiastic about princesses and tiaras in those days. And there were lovely photographs in it. But it also explored issues like the Commonwealth, so was very informative. I still have it.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
I actually tend to fall in love with characters I write rather than those I read about! But I know I adored Dr Simon Sparrow, who was the hero in the early Richard Gordon books beginning with the classic Doctor in the House. I later fell in love with a very dashing doctor in real life, and we’ve been married for almost 30 years.
Weirdest book crush
Peggotty – the housekeeper in David Copperfield. She is the sane, kind companion poor Davy needs during his horrendous childhood. I remember thinking when I first read it, that all children should have someone like her in their lives.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
This practically applies to every book I’ve ever really enjoyed!
But I particularly remember spinning out The Understudy by David Nicholls which was so wonderfully funny.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
Nutshell by Ian McEwan. But I definitely will read it. I think I’ve got virtually everything he’s ever written.
Guilty Reading pleasure
Anything to do with spies. In an alternative life I think I’d have liked to be one! Passionate about John Le Carré, plus Restless by William Boyd, Red Joan by Jennie Rooney and Exposure by the wonderful Helen Dunmore.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
No real favourites
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
Conclave by Robert Harris – deeply satisfying and wonderfully written book.
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
I don’t like people to insist that I read a certain book, and equally I don’t tend to do this to others either. When I do recommend something to someone close, I would say that my success rate in terms of their enjoyment is not that great!
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
Duet for Three Hands – this is an autobiography of a concert pianist called Cyril Smith. He was very talented and handsome and enjoying a great career in the war years and into the 50s when he suffered a terrible stroke which robbed him of mobility in his left hand. A real tragedy for anyone, but especially for a pianist. But he and his wife (also a pianist) began to play duets with his right hand and her two hands. And loads of composers and musicologists made transcriptions for them of great pieces of music so that they could play them together. It is a wonderfully inspiring book and I have been reading it since I was about 10 and still peruse it at least once a year.
Thanks Christine. Some brilliant choices there. Totally agree with you about spy thrillers. I love reading a good bit of espionage. Definitely a good few for me to be taking a look at there. What do you think guys? Any other spy thrillers you would recommend for Christine?
Be sure to stop by next week when I will be joined by Sharon Bairden and Mary Grand as they help to spread a little #BookLove.
Have a fabulous day of reading all.