Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sheila Hancock's six best books

Sheila Hancock first found fame in BBC sitcom The Rag Trade in 1961 and has been a fixture on stage and TV ever since. She played "Grandma" in the 2008 movie, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

Hancock named her six best books for the Daily Express. One title on her list:
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

I read this as a child and was madly in love with the book’s hero Heathcliff. I think the last paragraph is one of the best bits of writing in the English language. I love the Brontës, full stop and I still think this is a wonderful book.
Read about the other books on Hancock's list.

Wuthering Heights appears on Valerie Martin's list of novels about doomed marriages, Susan Cheever's list of the five best books about obsession, and Melissa Katsoulis' top 25 list of book to film adaptations. It is one of John Inverdale's six best books.

The Page 99 Test: Wuthering Heights.

--Marshal Zeringue