28 Books for Spring

June 1, 2023 | No Comments

June 1st is bustin’ out all over, and I’m back at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in beautiful County Monaghan, in the Republic of Ireland, having first visited here over seven years ago. I’m attempting to catch up on several months’ (years’) worth of creative moodling, paddling a meandering course back to a very soggy, tatty page. And finally I’ve found time to post the complete list of 28 spring book suggestions I shared on Instagram. No matter if your taste has dissolved into delicious summer, you can read these whenever. Great literature is season-less. For more details on each book, visit my instagram: @stampanorak

  1. The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald
  2. Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
  3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  4. To Die in Spring by Ralph Rothmann
  5. A Room with A View by EM Forster
  6. Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas
  7. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff 
  8. Le Divorce by Diane Johnson
  9. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  10. Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima
  11. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  12. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  13. The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
  14. The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
  15. A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle
  16. The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland by John Lewis-Stempel
  17. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago 
  18. Mr. Golightly’s Holiday by Salley Vickers
  19. The Order of the Day by Éric Vuillard
  20. The Poetry of William Wordsworth
  21. The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone by Tennessee Williams
  22. Every Man for Himself by Beryl Bainbridge
  23. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
  24. Prague Spring by Simon Mawer
  25. Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott
  26. The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins
  27. The Golden Mole and Other Living Treasure by Katherine Rundell
  28. Spring by Ali Smith