I am delighted to welcome author Isabella May to Jen Med’s today to help me spread a little book love. Isabella’s debut novel, oh! What a Pavlova, is released today. Happy publication day Isabella. Before we take a look at all of her favourite reads, let’s learn a little more about Isabella and her book.
Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.
As a Co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – http://www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).
She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’!
Oh! What a Pavlova is her debut novel… and her second novel has already been submitted to her publishers: watch this space…
Oh! What a Pavlova
Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.
Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.
Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.
And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…
But will she escape before it’s too late?
Favourite book from childhood
I am trying to think of just one but so may spring to mind! I adored all of the Mr Men and Little Misses by Roger Hargreaves, as well as the Richard Scarry books – I just loved his busy style of illustration and the gentle comedy. And then on into my teens, it was the fun and games of Enid Blyton’s Mallory Towers which really captured my imagination, to the point that I actually wished I was a pupil at that boarding school.
The first book you fell in love with
Well, this one could have been any number of books from the Jenga-like pile I used to get through whilst sat on my potty as a toddler. And whilst my memory is sharp, it’s not that sharp… But I do recall having a penchant for the good old-fashioned Ladybird pocket books. There was something so comforting about the artwork, as well as the font – and there were so many to collect. One day me and my sister were gifted an entire box full from some neighbours who were moving house. It was like 10 Christmases all arriving at once.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
I would have to say my good friend, N.J. Simmonds’ ‘Zac’ from the YA hit novel, ‘The Path Keeper’. He’s reduced many a woman, and man, to mush – only in a very excusable and literary sense, of course!
Weirdest book crush
I suppose if I think back to recent books that I’ve read then probably, much as I am absolutely loathe to say it as it would only further inflate his ego: Damian Baxter from Julian Fellowes’ ‘Past Imperfect’.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
Any and all of Pam Grout’s and Esther Hicks’. I am a bit of a Law of Attraction/spirituality junkie, and their messages are just perfect for raising your vibration! I could also say the same about any of Nigella’s cookbooks. The commentary alone is like reading poetry.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
Ben Okri’s ‘Starbook’ still manages to escape me. But I will read it soon… particularly as it is coming up to an unbelievable four years since I was at his talk (which he shared with Joanne Harris) at Gibraltar Literary Festival!
Guilty Reading pleasure
Curled up with a massive slice of cake/bar of chocolate balanced on a squidgy cushion (the cake that is… and on a plate first!) and a fat cafe sombra (a not too strong and not too weak style of coffee here in Spain). It’s the only way to read a book.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
Travel Writing. I could lose myself in the most mediocre of books from this genre for days because there is always something inspirational to learn when it comes to other people’s travel experiences, no matter how appalling/appealing their writing style…
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
Jessie Burton’s ‘The Muse’. This book was simply fabulous from start to finish; what a talent. Jessie writes so passionately, so knowledgably about the Malaga region of Spain; highlighting the plight of women in the arts during the era of the Spanish Civil War – an inequality which all too often still rears its ugly head in the year that is 2017. And she is a Storyteller Supreme, expertly weaving her numerous plots, keeping us guessing, as readers, right until the end.
Recently, somebody was really laying into ‘The Muse’ in a Facebook reading group (with not an argument to back up their opinion, just an ‘I didn’t like it, it was rubbish…’). Oh, it was all I could do to bite my tongue!
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
I have so many friends (bless ‘em), who I would just love to (nicely!) shut in a room with a Law of Attraction book… much to their annoyance, but it might (just might) help them to view reality in a more helpful way read quit incessantly complaining!
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
It’s really tricky to whittle so many great books down, but one of the best I have ever read was definitely ‘The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window’ by Jonas Jonasson. The timing of that author’s wit is something else, as is his imagination. But I think in his protagonist, Karl, he has created somebody who could teach us all so many lessons when it comes to the imaginary limitations we impose upon ourselves. That novel was a stroke of genius.
Thanks Isabella. What a fabulous seleection. I loved the ladybird books, Mr Men and Enid Blyton too as a child. Such a key part of growing up. And I love Ben Okri. Stars of the New Curfew and The Famished Road are my favourites. I’ll have to look up Starbook.
What do you think folks? Any other suggestions you think Isabella may like? DO you have any thoughts on The Muse?
Join me next week when I’ll be spreading more #booklove with Anne Williams and Ann Girdharry.
Have a fab day all