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November 13, 2012

Top Ten Good Books to Read Again, Again and Again

by Val Reynolds

Favourite books from readers – all of them have been read more than once and they would never ever give them away. Eat your heart out Oxfam!

Heidia heartrending story by Johanna Spyri of such poignancy that it still makes me cry every time I read it even now at 70! J Jarvis

The Rough Guide to Classic Novels this is such a good crib book. It’s used it a lot just to keep me up with those references in the media that crop up from time to time – I’m always up to date! J Gorringe

The Man who Planted Trees a very short but hugely inspiring book – it renews hope and faith in the human psyche. L Alexander

RHS Pruning by Christopher Brickell – I’ve had this book for more than 30 years and it never lets me down. V McDonald

How to Grow Fresh Air  an astonishing book that came out of research for a breathable environment for a lunar habitat. K Colston

Travels with Watercolour – Lucy Willis inspires her readers to be courageous in their painting in new surroundings. S Walling

Mr Thrifty’s How to save money on absolutely everything – a hugely amusing and useful book written by Jane Furnival, now sadly no longer with us. A book to read and read – get a copy! K Gardner

Food in England Dorothy Hartley wrote a series of books based on her travels around the UK in the 1930’s to 1950’s. Her beautiful line drawings are humorous  as well as accurate and her description makes her books essential for anyone interested in social history.  J Marshall

Way of the Peaceful Warrior a lyrical, hauntingly beautiful book that might just change your life! I go back to it regularly. K Campbell

Bob Flowerdew’s Organic Bible, successful gardening the natural way The first book I go to when needing inspiration, reliable and understandable guidance for the garden. V Reynolds

All these books are of course available on Amazon, however rather than support a company that doesn’t want to pay tax on its UK profits perhaps you could find a bookseller who does. We are researching this – if you have any suggestions do get in touch.

If you have some favourites feel free to send an email to editorinbalance@me.com

Do you have any books you use to read in the gym when on the walking machine? Here’s a link to our feature.

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