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My life in books - Joanna Badman

Joanna Badman is an English teacher at Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham

Joanna Badman is an English teacher at Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham

What I'm reading

Revolutionary Road

By Richard Yates

ISBN: 978-0099518624

#163;7.99

I saw the film of Revolutionary Road (directed by Sam Mendes, and starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio), and now I'm coming to the end of the book I wish I had done it the other way round.

Yates' description captures the feelings of hope and despair in a sad, disturbing story that makes some interesting comments about conformity and rebellion in 1950s American society. I'm about to read the climax of the story and, sadly, I suspect it will not end in the way I want it to.

The book I loved as a child

The Twits

By Roald Dahl

ISBN: 978-0141322759

#163;5.99

I remember squealing with delight at the horrifying tricks the Twits play on each other.

Walking sticks and bird pies aside, I was particularly appalled by the idea of Mr Twit's beard containing scraps of old food.

I read and re-read The Twits with shameless enjoyment of a truly disgusting pair and their eventual demise.

Roald Dahl brought each of his characters to life in a way that continues to light young imaginations, as I have witnessed in various Dahl-based English lessons.

Read this before you die

Birdsong

By Sebastian Faulks

ISBN: 978-0099387916

#163;7.99

I read Birdsong after a friend recommended it at university. I loved following a believable and likeable character on a journey of love and war, set during the earlier part of the 20th century.

It is a very real and moving account of the many hardships faced during the First World War, and the story has stayed with me ever since.

Birdsong is a timeless classic that I think everyone should read.

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