MINETTE WALTERS ...ARE YOU READING NOW?
THE Nature Of The Beast by Frances Fyfield (Little, Brown, [pound]9.99). A woman walks away from a train crash and leaves her life behind.
Why? Fyfield builds suspense through atmosphere and close observation to create a compelling story about spiritual annihilation within destructive relationships. As always, her portrayal of the human psyche is to the point, often witty, but rarely comfortable. I'm a great fan.
...WOULD YOU TAKE TO A DESERT ISLAND?
THE Oxford Dictionary Of Quotations (OUP, [pound]25). I could reread it over and over again and never grow bored, for its pages contain all the insight of a library. I am particularly fond of the section on Francis Bacon (1561-1626) which, given time, I would learn by heart.
Almost everything he says is as pertinent today as it was then. One of his most incisive - 'A man who studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green' - could be usefully engraved above the entrances to Stormont and the Israeli Knesset.
...WOULD YOU GIVE TO OSAMA BIN LADEN?
UNDER The Skin by Michel Faber (Canongate, [pound]6. …