Today, March 5, is World Book Day and this evening 1,000,000 books were given away from a shortlist. There was only one book I wanted to receive and read from that list, Seamus Heaney’s “New Selected Poems 1966 – 1987“. As there is no chance of my picking up a copy or giving copies away, I thought I would post about the one book I would recommend to others; the one book I truly loved and, as you can see above, it is Paul Gallico’s “Flowers for Mrs Harris“. It’s a very short book about a very nice, cleaning lady who has a dream of owning a couture dress from Paris. It takes me about an hour to read and I’ve read it several times. I find it uplifting and I often read it when I am bogged down in some awfully dry book, be it a huge work of fiction or a non-fiction tome on a topic of interest but which has been written badly. It’s my indulgent book, my little box of chocolates when all else is bland.
If this book ever made the list of those being given away free on another World Book Night, I would volunteer to distribute it and I might also be tempted to purchase my own copies to make sure everyone had the chance to enjoy it. It’s probably not for everyone though, males especially, but it is short and a great starter book for those who have not read since school.
If you’ve not read it, why not give it a try?
I wonder what one book would you really like more people to enjoy? Is this your favourite book of all time?