Wednesday 16 November 2022

What Writers Read edited by Pandora Sykes #WhatWritersRead @BloomsburyBooks @hayleycamis #BookReview @Literacy_Trust


Time and again, writers are asked the same questions about their favourite books: What are they? What’s the book you wish you had written? What’s the book that changed your life?

 In What Writers Read, Pandora Sykes – herself a voracious, omnivorous reader – collects short essays from bestselling and beloved writers, to discover the books they hold most dearly and made them who they are.

Curated and introduced by the award-winning writer and broadcaster Pandora Sykes, What Writers Read is a love letter to reading and the life-changing power of books

What Writers Read : 35 Writers On Their Favourite Book edited by Pandora Sykes was published on 1 November 2022 by Bloomsbury. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review. 

Proceeds from the sale of the book will be supporting The National Literary Trust

Curated by Pandora Sykes, and with entries from:


Ann Patchett, Elif Shafak, Leila Slimani, Nick Hornby, David Nicholls, Sara Collins, Derek Owusu, Paris Lees, Paul Mendez, Diana Evans, Lisa Taddeo, Taiye Selasi, Nina Stibbe, Elizabeth Day, Kit de Waal, Damon Galgut, William Boyd, Fatima Bhutto, Monica Ali, Benjamin Zephaniah, Elizabeth Strout, Tessa Hadley, George the Poet, Marian Keyes, Ali Smith, Dolly Alderton, Jojo Moyes, Sebastian Faulks, Meena Kandasamy, Nikesh Shukla, Ruth Ozeki, Caleb Azumah Nelson, Deborah Levy, Naoise Dolan, Emma Dabiri

This is a beautiful little hardback book, ideal for gifting to any book lover at Christmas. Dark blue cover with embossed gold script and a gorgeous illustration on the front. It also has a gold coloured silky bookmark inside. 

I do love to find new books to read, and especially love a recommendation. There's such a wide variety of authors choosing an eclectic and mixed selection of books in here, there's certainly something for everyone. 

Not only does each writer choose their favourite book, they tell us why, with interesting and heart warming tales about why that particular books means so much to them. 

It's an utter delight and a book to treasure, and to gift. 

Pandora Sykes is a journalist and broadcaster. 

She has written for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Vogue, Grazia and ELLE, is behind five No.1 podcasts and audio documentaries including the culture-shaping The High Low, and curates a monthly book club, Pandora's Books. 

In 2020 she published a bestselling essay collection, How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right? 

She lives in London.

Twitter @PINsykes

Instagram @pandorasykes

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