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My Favourite Book - Skallagrigg suggested by Fiona Jones

Welcome to the fifth installment of MabisMab's new series: My Favourite Book, in which you are invited to share your favourite read and tell us why you love it so much! If you would like to be featured, please fill out this form.


Next to share their favourite book is Fiona Jones, a self confessed bibliophile with over 3000 books in her collection (heaven?):

What is your favourite book?
Skallagrigg by William Horwood

What is it about?

This book is about two people with cerebral palsy and their different yet connecting lives. Arthur, born in the first half of the 20th century and Esther, born in the later half of the same century, both bound together by the myth of the Skallagrigg. Arthur has to deal with the stark conditions of a turn of the century hospital with its cruel ways and staff, in particular a character named Dilk. Esther, who seemingly has the benefit of modern caring and education, is a lost soul searching for recognition and meaning. Arthur manages to get through his ordeals in life by calling for the Skallagrigg, his belief that it will help him is unwavering. Esther who has her own ordeals and disappointments embarks on a quest to discover the source of the Skallagrigg stories, in the process she finds herself.

Why is this book your favourite?

It's a story of triumph and belief.

How did you discover your favourite book?

I found it in a second hand bookshop in Cambridge in 1988.

How has your favourite book impacted you, if at all?

This book made me take a long and hard look at myself and my attitudes towards life and people. It gave me a faith I can't name, a belief I can't define - when I first read this book, (I've now read it 7 times), it gave me the courage to carry on!

Here's your chance to encourage others to read your favourite book!
This is a harrowing yet beautiful story and I could gush about it to anyone prepared to listen. I've recommended it to countless people all of whom have further recommended it to friends and family. There are tears, laughter and pain within these beautifully written pages. William Horwood has managed to change the way I see the world and the people who live in it. I can’t make you read this book and I can’t promise that it will change your life, but I can promise you will never forget this story.


Thanks Fiona! This is exactly the kind of thing I was hoping to find with this feature - a book I had never heard of that would take me places I hadn't even considered going. It's on my to-read list!


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