Published On: Fri, Jun 8th, 2018

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THE NONHUMAN ENVIRONMENT by Harold F Searles

This was written by my father in 1960. He was a psychoanalyst so it’s not a light read but it’s essentially the effect of our environment on our psyche.

I read it because somebody told me I was in it but it is most interesting. He was considered a real maverick so other shrinks are amazed that I survived as well as I did.

THE LAST LION by William Manchester. Bantam, £18.99

This is on Churchill. The other I liked by the same author was American Caesar, about Douglas MacArthur. They’re the best biographies I’ve read, beautifully written and gripping, about two amazing men who fought for the free world.

THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY by Patricia Highsmith. Vintage, £8.99

I suppose this appeals because of my psychoanalytical family background. Ripley is completely whacko but is able to function in a way that convinces everyone else that he’s not.

THE GOOD EARTH by Pearl S Buck. S&S, £8.99

The first book I read and I was convinced at the end that I wanted to be a concubine.

It’s set in China and the writing is terrific. It probably set me back 50 years in terms of women’s lib but I was mollycoddled as a child so it opened the door to my imagination.

BEST FRIENDS FOR FRANCES by Russell Hoban

Out of print A series of children’s books about little furry creatures that are delightful to read aloud. They’re full of life lessons.

I used to read them so often to my grandchildren that my grandson would say: “NOT the Frances book!”

LADIES’ HOME JOURNAL Cookbook by Carol Truax (ed)

A cookbook my mother gave me. When I married the first time and came to England, I could cook nothing. My mother was a terrific cook but never taught me. This was my introduction to domestic life and I still make the banana bread.



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