Friday, March 17, 2006

MEMOIRS ... What makes a great memoir?

WHAT MAKES A GREAT MEMOIR? A successful memoir brings about an intimacy or affinity between two perfect stangers: the reader and the memoirist. These are some of my favourite memoirs of recent times:

1. Bertie, May and Mrs Fish (2005) / Xandra Bingley
2. A Lie About My Father (2006) / John Burnside
3. Running for the Hills (2006) / Horatio Clare
4. The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) / Joan Didion
5. The Coldest Winter: A Stringer in Liberated Europe (2005) / Paula Fox
6. Borrowed Finery (2001) / Paula Fox
7. The Sailor in the Wardrobe (2006) / Hugo Hamilton
8. The Speckled People (2003) / Hugo Hamilton
9. Giving Up the Ghost (2003) / Hilary Mantel
10. Memoir (published as All Will Be Well in the U.S. in 2006) (2005) / John McGahern


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love reading memoirs too and the recent 3 that I've read are Wild Swans, Red Azalea and Angela Ashes.

Thursday, March 16, 2006 6:20:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

I am glad to know that you love reading memoirs. There's much that we can learn about life and the landscape of the human heart through memoirs. I too enjoyed Wild Swans and Angela's Ashes which I read when they first came out.

Friday, March 17, 2006 3:44:00 PM  

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