My life in books - Joanna Badman

17th September 2010 at 01:00
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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