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If books were food, Bridget Jones’s Diary…

…would be a mid-morning snack of carrot cake with a Diet Coke. Because Bridget Jones carefully controls her calorie intake. Carrot cake for the carrots, of course, a very important part of her five-a-day vegetable regime which will make her healthy and slim with glowing skin and bright shiny eyes. Diet Coke because she needs a drink, with the cake, obvs, and the fact that it’s Diet means it’s a negative calorie so making space in her daily calorie count for the cakey bit. Which means the mid-morning snack costs no calories.   ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ by Helen Fielding [UK: Picador] And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Imagine, if books were food: BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY by Helen Fielding #books http://wp.me/p5gEM4-pN via @SandraDanby
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If books were food, ‘The Colour’ would be…

…an honest lunch of vintage cheddar, crusty bread and a pickled onion prepared by Harriet Blackstone from The Colour by Rose Tremain. I like strong heroines and Harriet is certainly is one, living through the New Zealand Gold Rush in the 1860s. Making a life in a strange, inhospitable land, Harriet, with her husband Joseph and her mother-in law, do not start afresh as intended but bring with them from England their old emotional baggage. The discovery of gold, ‘the colour,’ impacts on their basic lifestyle and the dynamics of their relationships in a way that none could forsee. Harriet’s mental and physical strength make her a heroine to read and re-read. She is like a traditional Somerset Cheddar: creamy, tangy, fulfilling, a salty edge to cut the creaminess. ‘The Colour’ by Rose Tremain [UK: Vintage] And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Imagine, if books were food: THE COLOUR by Rose Tremain #books http://wp.me/p5gEM4-jc via @SandraDanby
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If books were food, ‘Sense & Sensibility’ would be…

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen… would be a French macaroon. Both smell sweet, they are pretty, girly, full of sugar and spice and all things nice. S&S is a coming of age story, Marianne is led by the heart, by sensation, by immediacy. I read it at different ages and got completely different things out of it. I admit to being irritated by Marianne when I first read the book as a teenager, I thought her rather silly and vapid. Re-read when I was older and bruised by love, I felt sad for her loss of youthful energy. Her final understanding is that the true nature of love is nothing to do with fleeting romantic gestures and fine words, but everything to do with dedication and constancy and two souls chiming as one as the years go by.   ‘Sense & Sensibility’ by Jane Austen [UK: Vintage Classics] And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Imagine, if books were food: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen #books http://wp.me/p5gEM4-j5 via @SandraDanby
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