Writers recommend great books you’ve (probably) never heard of – Telegraph.co.uk
A new book app is challenging the notion that reading Ã¢Â€ÂœwellÃ¢Â€Â necessarily means falling back on the same old classics, from Trollope to Tolstoy. Each week, Alexi, a Ã¢Â€Âœdigital book clubÃ¢Â€Â, turns to writers for inspiration, asking them to rout out hidden gems which are then offered to members to read on their phone or tablet. The result is an ever-changing library that features a selection of books youÃ¢Â€Â™ll have heard of Ã¢Â€Â“ and many you are less likely to know. Here are 11 of the best from AlexiÃ¢Â€Â™s recent recommendations.
Tracy ChevalierÃ¢Â€Â¨ recommends Ã¢Â€Â¨
The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy (Flamingo)
I find I read the same kind of book over and over, usually a novel with a linear structure, a sympathetic protagonist, a problem that needs resolving, a definite ending. Occasionally, however, itÃ¢Â€Â™s good to shake things up. Barbara GowdyÃ¢Â€Â™s 1999 novel puts you right inside a herd of elephants and keeps you there until you start feeling and thinking like one. ItÃ¢Â€Â™s a rare feat to get us inside a reality so alien, and to sustain it.
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