New Delhi: As the season peaks with wintry breezes, exploring the diverse collection of books, offering an array of captivating narratives and insightful stories that complement the serene tranquillity of a cozy winter day would be an enriching experience. Here is the list of five books curated by the British Council Digital Library to transport you to captivating settings during the perfect winter days.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
This historical novel follows Thomas Cromwell's rise to power in the court of King Henry VIII. Mantel's intricate storytelling vividly portrays the political intrigue, power struggles, and complexities of Tudor England, offering a compelling insight into Cromwell's life and the tumultuous era in which he lived.
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak
After Tequila Leila's death, her mind continues to function for ten minutes and thirty-eight seconds, recalling her life's memories. Set in Istanbul, Shafak's novel intricately weaves Leila's past experiences and the vibrant characters she encounters, shedding light on societal taboos, friendship, and the marginalized voices of Turkey.
The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
In this introspective novel, Charles Arrowby, a retired actor and director, retreats to a seaside cottage to reflect on his life. Amidst the backdrop of the sea, Murdoch delves into themes of love, obsession, and the complexities of human relationships, offering a contemplative exploration of the protagonist's inner world.
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Set in rural Poland, the story follows Janina Duszejko, an eccentric woman who becomes embroiled in a series of mysterious deaths in her village. Lloyd-Jones crafts a gripping narrative that delves into themes of justice, the human-animal connection, and the dark underbelly of a seemingly tranquil community.
Possession by A. S. Byatt
Blending elements of mystery and romance, Byatt's novel intertwines the stories of two academics as they uncover a secret love affair between two Victorian poets. As they delve into the past, the book navigates themes of literary scholarship, passion, and the complexities of human relationships across time.