Weekly Geeks is a bookish community site that posts weekly tasks for readers to participate in if they wish, and this week’s one is about examining a book (or books) which were published in your birth decade. Tell us about a book that came out in the decade you were born which you either loved or hated. Is is relevant to today? Is it a classic, or could it be? Give us a mini-review, or start a discussion about the book or books.

If you follow my blog, you may know that since my big birthday this year I’ve decided to remain 36 in my brain for as long as I can get away with it - but I was actually born in 1960. There were some great books published in my birth year, so I’ve decided go no further into the 1960s, and introduce a few that I’ve read…

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner was one of the best children’s fantasy novels I’ve ever read. I’ve been meaning to re-read this one for ages though as I the only thing I can remember about it is that it’s set around Alderley Edge in Cheshire.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  A true modern classic that I underappreciated when I first read it as a teenager. Another that I must re-read soon.

The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark. 

I read this one a couple of years ago, and found it to be awas a delightful short novel. It’s about a young man who arrives in a slightly posh bit of South London, stirs things up rather devilishly bringing this staid bit of town to life, and then he disappears. Is Dougal Douglas the devil or just a very naughty boy? 

Spark’s prose is sparse – there’s not a word wasted. Thinking about this book reminds me that I must read more of her work very soon, and that I must get hold of Martin Stannard’s biography of her which is now out in paperback.

Also see Margaret’s Weekly Geeks post over at Books Please

To buy any of these from Amazon.co.uk click below:
The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen (Collins Voyager) by Alan Garner
To Kill a Mockingbird (50th Anniversary edition) by Harper Lee
The Ballad of Peckham Rye (Penguin Modern Classics) by Muriel Spark
Muriel Spark by Martin Stannard

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