Catherine Deveney’s top winter reads

Catherine Deveney’s top winter reads

2 Mins

Catherine Deveney, multi-award-winning journalist, feature writer and novelist, recalls memories of her all-time favourite winter reads.
 

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

“I couldn’t wait for the school bell to signal my escape. Bored schoolgirl in an unruly class? No, I was ‘Miss’, their English teacher. But I was impatient to get back home to finish Daphne du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek, the most unlikely but spellbindingly romantic of books. It’s the tale of an aristocratic lady and an attractive French pirate. What’s not to like?”
 

Dusty Answer by Rosamond Lehmann

​​​​​​​

“A rainy Sunday afternoon. I was a teenager rifling through bookshelves for something to lose myself in. Dusty Answer was written in 1927, but from the very first paragraph I was mesmerised. A coming-of-age story, it’s full of love and teenage longing - just as I was. Some things don’t date.”
 

Ladder of Years by Ann Tyler

“Having just written my first novel about a woman who walks out of her life, the last thing I wanted to hear was that an internationally acclaimed writer written on the same subject. I read Ladder of Years with bated breath – and loved it. The treatment of the subject was entirely different. I learned a lot from that.”
 

Catherine’s latest novel, The Chrysalis, £8.99, is published by Old Street Publishing and available now.

Catherine Deveney / literature / fiction

The best of i-on straight to your inbox, every week

1 Min
Lincolnshire lass Sheridan Smith arrives in the capital this month to reprise her role as Fanny Brice in the hit West End show Funny Girl but it’s not just on...
Funny Girl / Edinburgh Playhouse / Sheridan Smith
1 Min
Looking for some good, clean family fun? Here’s five ways to find it… Get yourself to Bellahouston Park on 30 April for Bubble Rush , a 5K with a difference;...
family / Activites / kids
7 Mins
From chairs and chinos to rockets and robots, Scots are getting more creative than ever before. From British Bake Off to Pinterest , we’re a nation of do’ers again for...
Creative / Mini Maker Faire / Remakery
2 Mins
i-on was once again proud to support the 17th annual Women of Influence Awards on 19 March in aid of Action for Children Scotland, which raised over £70K for the...
Women of Influence awards / Gallery / Out & about
2 Mins
T in the Park may be taking a break but Scotland’s boutique festival scene is bigger and better than ever. We round up five of the best coming to Scotland...
music / festivals / Summer