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Books that I've read, and highly recommend, are listed in the column on the right under The Bookshelf. More will be added in time, and some will be replaced.

Whilst searching for a link to A Fine Balance, I discovered that this Rohinton Mistry novel was selected by Oprah's Book Club in December 2001. I've stopped observing Oprah's library after leaving WHSmith so I am pleasantly surprised at her choice, a departure from the norm of American writers. The rebirth of exposure this magnificent novel had been granted by her is commendable. Oprah brought the book to a wider American audience and for the first time since the book's publication in 1996, it reached No.1 on the New York Times Bestsellers list in late 2001 – early 2002.

The book came to my attention when I was working at Tower Books in 1996 when it was nominated for The Booker Prize for that same year. Wanting a long novel for my solo vacation to Phuket and Lombok, I took the book with me. Not that my holiday wasn't a success, but frankly, the book did more to me than the sun, the ocean, the encounters and the temples put together.

A Fine Balance is a myriad of emotions; if you miss a page, you miss a feeling. Depressive moments are aplenty but they come without being overdramatic. Had I known about the amount of sorrow this book contains between its covers, I probably would not have chosen it as my travelling paperback but as it turned out, the book made me think and removed me from myself. There's no better read than reading books that are capable of drawing you so.

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