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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Whilst I was on holiday, I read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. I must be one of the few people who have never seen the film so I came to the book completely fresh and with no expectations. What I found was a lovely story that warmed the cockles of my heart! To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of my favourite books, and because of that, I have a definite soft spot for novels set in the deep south. The same deceptively gentle storytelling that Harper Lee uses is at work in this book as well, masking some horrifically violent events that happen in the course of the novel. The way Mrs Threadgoode and Evelyn Couch’s conversations reveal the story of Idgie and Ruth is a very clever device and I cared about all the characters deeply. I had wanted to get to know Idgie better than this method allows though as for me she is such a central character, and yet remains a bit of an enigma. The other thing I really liked about this book was the recipes at the back. Food and feeding those you love was such a central theme to the book that the recipes feel like the perfect ending. I have yet to try Sipsey’s Fried Green Tomatoes, but I certainly will if I see green tomatoes in the shops! If you are looking for a heart warming easy read with love, food and triumph over adversity, this is the book for you!

Holiday reads!

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Planning what to read on holiday…one of my most anticipated times of the year! On Friday, I am going to the beautiful pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, for two weeks.

With me, I am taking:

I am particularly pleased with this list and am quivering with excitement at the thought of opening their fresh pages! I enjoyed Wolf Hall, Matel’s prize-winning blockbuster hugely, although it did take me a while to get my perspective within the story – I found her lack of speech marks a bit discombobulating until I was used to it. This book will pitch my back into the heart of Tudor England with a front row seat to watch Anne Boleyn’s downfall. This is a story that has been told many times, but somehow it remains compelling. Perhaps it is because it has all the extremes of life inherent within it – love, wit, courage, politics, religion, obsession, jealousy, anger and tragedy. I can’t wait!

I have chosen Andrea Gillies’ The white lie for several reasons. The Scottish Highlands, and in particular the west coast, hold a very special place in my heart and so I am drawn to any fiction set there, which this is. I also saw the wonderful reviews on Amazon and so my decision was made.

Fried green tomatoes at the whistlestop cafe – a wonderful title and I can’t believe I’ve never read it or seen the film. It has been on my list of books to read for a long time now and a holiday seemed the perfect point to immerse myself in it. Finally, I feel that no holiday is complete without a book that my literary soul labels ‘trashy’ or ‘chick lit’ – this is my time off after all! This year, I have chosen Jojo Moyes’ Me before you. The cover has stared at me from the bestseller tables in bookshops for a while now and, having seen all the amazing reviews, I consider it an upgrade on Jilly Cooper or Tamina Perry’s latest offerings!

I will do a post about what I think of each of these books  as well as update you on which Shakespeare play I will be tackling in August when I get back.