Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.
Another new to me author this week, Susanna Beard released her debut novel Dare to Remember in February 2017.
What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
Finn Family Moomintroll – I can still picture the cover (pink) in great detail!
What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – recommended by my hero, Matt Haig
Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
Louise Doughty’s Black Water – love her writing
Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig helps me understand my son’s terrible anxiety and depression; I revisit it regularly. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig – brilliant premise, funny, sad, sensitive, heartwarming and the only book I’ve started reading again within minutes of finishing it the first time. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann – beautiful, real and evocative, Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann, Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo – heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time.
Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
Eleonor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (winner of the 2018 Costa Debut Novel Award and highly recommended by so many people!); Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon – about the private tragedies of ordinary lives.
What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
Dare to Remember, published last February – my debut!
Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
See above – I’m so proud. I only started writing in my late fifties and to have my first novel published was a surprise and a delight. Now I can’t stop!
Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
(Apart from Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time?) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – wonderful storytelling, brilliant writing, so memorable. Somehow Donna makes a long book seem over in a heartbeat. I wish she would write more.
Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
Yes, it’s called The Truth Waits and it’s another psychological thriller/drama. It’s in the final throes of rewriting and I’m so hoping it will be out this year!
Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
Susanna Beard’s Bookshelf
About Susanna Beard
Susanna’s debut novel, Dare to Remember, was published in February 2017 through Legend Press. It’s a psychological thriller/drama about a woman, Lisa, whose best friend is killed, leaving her terrified, guilty and confused by her loss of memory of the incident.
Susanna has always been a writer, but has only recently started to write novels. She has a vivid imagination and loves deep dark stories, from Victorian Gothic to contemporary Nordic noir tales. She is an alumna of the Faber Academy, having completed the six-month Writing a Novel course, and she aims to write at least ten more novels – each better than the one before – and not to get old.
Thank you so much for taking part and sharing your bookshelf with us!
Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into June so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right no