After some rather serious and literary reading the group requested something lighter for the summer. I did offer books some books by American authors, but the selections are all written by British authors, although only one of them is set in the UK itself. The Color of Magic is the first of Terry Pratchett’s immensely successful, and very silly, Discworld series, which reached a massive total of 41 novels and numerous novellas and companion books. Alexander McCall Smith is also a prolific writer, although he splits his titles between several series: his The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series is set in Botswana and introduces us to the delightful Mma Ramotswe. The Uncommon Reader is a quintessentially English novella by Alan Bennett, National Treasure and author of a wide variety works, including the plays, and screenplays, The Madness of King George and The History Boys.
All 3 titles are now available on the Nooks.
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
In the beginning there was…a turtle.
Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. Particularly as it’s carried though space on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown). It plays by different rules.
But then, some things are the same everywhere. The Disc’s very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the world’s first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. Unfortunately, the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard…
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Mma Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.
This is the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives.” Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading initially alarms the palace staff and soon leads to surprising and very funny consequences for the country at large.