My favourite book: Victoria Field and John Crace choose Doctor Zhivago and Rebecca

John Crace and his dog Herbert
John Crace and his dog Herbert

This weekend we’ve been asking festival-goers and authors about some of their favourite books. Poet Victoria Field says: “It’s really hard to choose just one book, but I think if I was going to go for a novel, the one that pops into my mind is, Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak – because it’s a novel about great historic events like the Russian revolution and so on, but it’s also a novel about poetry and the power of writing. I love the fact that ‘Zhivago’ refers to the Russian word for life – so it’s kind of “Dr Life”. It’s very much about living a life but it’s also just an amazing adventure story, full of tragedy and love and passion”

John Crace, pictured here with his dog, Herbert, shares his choice.  “My favourite book is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.” This “subversive” book is “hugely underrated,” he says.

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