Desert Island Books

May 26, 2015

The Tinder Press team consider what reading material would sustain them through the isolation of a desert island…


‘My ideal read on a desert island would be my favourite novel of all time: Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.

I have a tatty old copy passed down to me from my parents – bent corners, torn out pages, a book lover’s nightmare – who adored this book and heartily encouraged me to read it.  Since first picking it up about fifteen years ago, I have read it at least two dozen times since and it remains to this day, one of the best novels I have ever encountered; twice I have reached the end and turned to the front to start over again.

I cannot think of a more moving and magnificent piece of writing that would undoubtedly transport me off my island to the battle fields of WW1, the gardens in Amiens and the rural surroundings of Dorset.   Stranded on a desert island, it would never hurt to be reminded how much a human spirit can endure and that there are others far worse off than myself…’ Elizabeth Masters, Publicity Manager


‘I’d want something probably that took me away from the island, and was both long and absorbing, and full of characters I could dissect and imagine I knew. I might even play a game of deciding which ones I’d want on my island. So probably a classic like Middlemarch, or Anna Karenina.’ Imogen Taylor, Publishing Director


‘I suppose there is much to be said for taking a real tome with you, such as War and Peace, both for maximised reading time and a ready source of fuel in an emergency. If it comes down to more than that though, His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman has never really been usurped in my heart; what the ending teaches us about bravery and sacrifice would probably come in useful in that extreme situation as well.’ Amy Perkins, Editorial Assistant


‘I would positively leap at the chance to lose myself in Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy. All The Pretty Horses is such a gloriously timeless and immersive read, such a slow-burning fever dream of a book, and I always regret having dropped the thread at that point. I also have unfinished business with War and Peace and Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels, but for me McCarthy would be the place to start.’ Mary-Anne Harrington, Publisher



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