Thursday, October 3, 2013

Isla Blair's six best books

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Isla Blair played the wife of Walter Donovan, a wealthy American industrialist and collector of antiquities who allied himself with the Nazis in order to get the Holy Grail, which he sought for its fabled gift of immortality. Today in Britain she may be better known for television roles in The History Man, The Final Cut, A Touch Of Frost and Single Father.

One of her six best books, as told to the Daily Express:

McEwan's storytelling is terrific. He pulls you right in. A girl thinks her sister was attacked by a man when, in fact they were having a passionate embrace and she realises too late that she's made a mistake. It has huge consequences.
Read about the other books on Blair's list.

Atonement also appears on Jessica Soffer's top ten list of book endings, Jane Ciabattari's list of five masterpieces of fiction that also worked as films, and on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best birthday parties in literature, ten of the best misdirected messages in literature, ten of the best scenes on London Underground, ten of the best breakages in literature, ten of the best weddings in literature, and ten of the best identical twins in fiction. It is one of Stephanie Beacham's six best books.

--Marshal Zeringue