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Storytellers by day, Book lovers by night!


Written by Paul Stallard

As self-professed storytellers and book lovers by trade, we couldn’t miss out on National Book Lovers Day! To celebrate what might as well be called National Berkeley Communications Day, we couldn’t resist a little show and tell of our favourite books and simply why we just can’t get enough of them!

After all, these are the stories that have stayed with us most in our everyday lives and for good reason too. At the foundation of every good story is drama/conflict, relatable human interest and topicality. What is it about your favourite book that keeps you turning the page?

“The night circus by Erin Morgenstern is simply magic – full of great characters, mind-bending tricks and gorgeous language. I re-read it all time!

Sarah Taylor, Account Manager

 

 

 

 

 

“My favourite recent read is ‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’. Beautiful characterisation and a story which made me laugh and cry. I completely fell in love with the main character and a few twists in the tale kept me hooked right until the end.”

Kate Bartholomew, Content Director

 

 

 

 

“Ian Curtis was a complex and creative man, who passed away far too early.  While many have heard a song by his band Joy Division, not many know the story behind his rise, and untimely fall. This story capitulates what we love here at Berkeley – powerful and thought-provoking stories. In this case, the biography uncovers a deeply troubled man, all told from the perspective of his late wife Deborah Curtis. For any music lover out there, this is a must read on National Book Lovers Day”.

Ollie Bennett, Account Executive

 

 

 

“Lolita is a book I have read several times, because it is so well written, and chilling. Vladimir Nabokov writes from the perspective of an evil man and manages to humanise and make him charming still.”

Zoe Phillips, Account Executive

 

 

 

 

I mostly love reading non-fiction. Specifically, biographical accounts of successful people who’ve experienced troubled lives and overcome adversity to reach the top of their chosen fields. Often the most polarising and tortured souls are the most fascinating to read about, and the journeys of people such as Johnny Cash, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon and Kurt Cobain have all captivated me recently. After all, they’re only human, just like the rest of us.”

Bill Thomas, Account Executive

 

 

 

“I like ‘The Heart and The Brain’ because it shares great real-life stories with just a few words. Attention grabbing and to the point.”

Jana Fickerova, Senior Account Executive

 

 

 

 

I chose Rebecca, a thriller romance by Daphne Du Maurier, for two reasons. First of all, it’s a book that has me gripped every time I read it thanks to the unexpected twists and dark characters. It’s also a story that evokes so many memories for me; it was my Granny’s favourite and we often spent a lazy afternoon together watching Alfred Hitchcock’s film adaptation. It shows books don’t only resonate because of the story they tell, but also because of the memories created amongst those you share the stories with.”

Lindsay Hoggard, Divisional Director

 

 

“Kate Morton’s ‘The Lake House’ is a wonderfully inquisitive, plot twist galore! The main character, Detective Sadie Sparrow, is forced to take leave, but stumbles upon a mystery that’s lied unresolved for over 70 years, with a few romantic flashbacks to keep the romantics amongst us hooked. The down to earth nature of the character and her innate inquisitive, yet emotionally invested, nature makes her easy to relate to. You’re naturally drawn to find out what happens to her, but also the case!”

Charlotte Oakes-Dean, Account Manager

 

 

I first read this as a young teen who was wildly into history and politics. 1984 has spades of both. It painted a picture of the future (from 1949) that warned against totalitarian communism. It was brutal. The one line that sticks in my mind is “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” I went on to study history as a result of this book and have been hooked on powerful stories since.”

Pat Southwell, Director of Strategy