One of the people I talk most to about books is my mother, who many of you will know teaches English Literature. We were having a catch up on the phone earlier this evening, initially to sort the logistics of my little sister coming to stay while she does work experience with me but of course it turned to books we’ve been reading and Mum might be teaching, and she asked me a question that genuinely stumped me… You see she is reading Naomi Wood’s Mrs Hemingway and LOVING it (can’t think who bought her a copy?) and I mentioned Naomi’s debut The Godless Boys was a dystopian tale of Newcastle (where Mum went to university and took me with her) but set in the past and now she wants to use it in her dystopian class. That is when the question came up which stumped me, she wondered if I knew of any books not set in a dystopia but in a utopia, I couldn’t think of one.
So, being completely stumped (did I mention that?) I told her that I would ask all of you if you could recommend any utopian books, I bet you can do much better than me. So help my mother out if you will!
P.S Sorry about the long explanation, but I am really nosey and love listening into other people’s bookish chats and so I thought you might be that way inclined.