Rosedale staff choose their favourite books

World Book Day

With World Book Day on March 5th, staff at Rosedale Funeral Home have been thinking about their favourite books. There was a huge variety of favourites ranging from Enid Blyton to Charlotte Brontë, but all meant something special to the individual.

Below are the different responses:

My favourite book as a child was ‘The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me’ by Roald Dahl, we use to listen to this book on long car journeys whilst looking at the beautiful pictures and trying to read along with the accompanying book. What small child doesn’t love the idea of running their own sweet shop and having The Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company (a giraffe, a pelican and a monkey) as your friends! – Kerry Welch

I’d have to say that my favourite book is Roald Dahl’s ‘Danny Champion of the World’. I’ll never forget reading this book for the first time and devouring every line of this beautiful little story. It takes me back to an easier time when life didn’t seem quite such hard work. It was my children’s favourite too and we even had the audio version to listen to on long car journeys. Roald Dahl is my ‘go to’ author and I can’t wait to share his books with my great nephew when he’s old enough. – Rachel Allen

I have to say that my favourite books of all time are The Laura Ingalls series – ‘The Little House on the Prairie’ books. I have read them throughout my life and I can remember These Happy Golden Years disappointed me initially but grew on me as the decades past and is now one of my favourite. I did not not like the follow up book up on Laura’s and Almanzo’s life which was hard and shattered my illusions as Almanzo’s health suffered. I introduced these to Hannah who loves them as much as I do. – Rebekah McNicol

My favourite book is ‘A man called Ove’ it’s about a man who is often really grumpy, but actually very kind to people around him. (It reminded me of Simon at first 😉 ) As the book progressed it became clear that Ove had been bereaved of his wife that he had been deeply in love with and cared for for many years. He tried many times to die by suicide, but he kept saving other people and eventually he found enough reasons to carry on living. It made me both laugh and cry and I recommended it to so many people. – Anne Beckett-Allen

My book is Enid Blyton’s; ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’. My mum read it to myself and my sister and loved Silky, Moon Face, Saucepan Man, Dame Washalot and of course the Angry Pixie! We always wanted to know which magic land would be next above the cloud at the top of the tree. – Mark Hall

‘My Family and Other Animals’ by Gerald Durrell: This was the first adult book I read myself at the age of about 14. His use of descriptive words captured me and I read the book in a weekend and it started my love of reading. It made me dream of visiting Corfu which I did many years later when I was in my late 20’s. – Lucy Coote

Harry Potter, I loved each and every single book, especially the first one – ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. I loved the pure escapism of the stories and incredible imagination that J K Rowling must have. – Claire Turrell

‘Pillars of the Earth’ by Ken Follett, the story of the building of a cathedral followed by two more books in the series. A wonderful historical novel. – Major David Young

About 14 years ago I was recommended a book called ‘Propellerhead’ by Anthony Woodward. It’s a story of two chaps who decide it would be a good idea to spend their weekends in Norfolk learning to fly. After reading it several times I was inspired to gain my PPL (Private Pilots Licence). More recently I finished reading the second book in the trilogy by Ken Follett, ‘World Without End’ it was one of those books right from the beginning I just couldn’t put down and was a real insight into how hard life was in the 14th century. – Simon Beckett-Allen

The Hobbit was my book when I was younger. I was a fan of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ franchise and that gave me the urge to read the prequel book to the others. – Rhys Askham

One of my all time favourite memories of books is ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ by Nick Butterworth – I used to read it to my son when he was small (his name is Percy) and it reminds me of snuggling upend re-reading many times all about what happened in the park One Snowy Night with all the animals and Percy the Park Keeper – Beverley Bulmer

I loved the Enid Blyton Book – ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’, I have a failure of memory but I loved Moonface! – Kath Robinson

My favourite book as a child was ‘Kaspar Prince of Cats’ by Michael Morpurgo. I have always been fascinated by the Titanic and the story is based around a cat on board the ship. I used to constantly read this book over and over and it never got boring. – Talia Upton

My favourite book/books at the moment are Philip Pullman ‘The Book of Dust’. It fires the imagination and is a story of good over evil, where a government wants to have control over everything. Some close parallels in our world. – Reg Kirpatrick

This got the brain box working, during my life I have had the pleasure of reading many great books all of which are biographies about people and all true stories. I have a small collection all hard backs except one, and one of my favourites, it’s a true story written by Edith Eger and it’s called ‘The Choice’. It’s her story of what happened to her parents and sisters and her during the second world war. Secondly I enjoy history and another is a hard back written by Helen Rappaport all about the Last Days of the Romanovs (the Russian Royal Family). – Dave Francis

The books I like reading are mostly travel / adventure books, e.g by round the world cyclists such as Alastair Humphries, or Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman that did motorcycle trips around the world (The Long Way Round) and through Africa (The Long Way Down). I also enjoy reading anything by Monty Don as he loves gardening and his dogs, as do I (although I will concede that he is a slightly better gardener!). – Kevin Mobbs

I love books and so does my daughter! Our fav is called – ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. We love it because it is all about lots of animals who help a witch. They save her from being eaten by a dragon! It shows that when we are kind and help each other, everything works out well in the end!! Friends are very important. – Emily Houghton

My most favourite set of books that I have read again and again, and never get bored of are the Harry Potter Series (Books 1 -7) by J.K. Rowling. I read the first book many years ago after all the hype started to see what all the fuss was about, and got absolutely hooked, her way of writing is so imaginative, and I find it is great escapism from the real world; who didn’t want to be a witch or wizard and be able to perform real magic, I’m still a big kid at heart! I also have read and thoroughly enjoyed the 3 Book Series ‘His Dark Materials’ by Philip Pullman, again a fantastic and very clever writer who creates brilliant story lines which draw you in and keep you turning the pages. – Christian Fairbrother

My mum’s favourite book was ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte. When I asked her, her words were “I just lived the story” – Ali Woodruff

My favourite book is one I read / studied at school, Jack London’s ‘The Call Of The Wild’, I have always loved dogs and it tells the tale of a dog who goes on a journey of self-discovery, it’s sad in places and heart-warming in others and I learnt that life can be unfair but ultimately is what you make of it. – Faith Ames

My favourite book from a young teenager was, and still is, ‘Little Women’. I still love reading the book and also watching the film on DVD. Usually can’t get through it without tears! –Liz Chapman

My favourite book was ‘Black Beauty’ and as a young boy I found it fascinating to hear a story supposedly through the words of a horse. I found it very interesting but sad and moving in places. – Rod Chapman

One of my favourite books is ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak. Set in Nazi Germany this book follows the story of a young German girl, Liesel Meminger, and is narrated by ‘Death’: it puts a whole new perspective on a story often told. I also love ‘The Shadow Of The Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. The story is multilayered but the writing is just superb, almost poetic, and the story just comes alive as you read. I could read both these books repeatedly and have lent my copies to others so that they will hopefully enjoy them as much as I do. – Charmaine Dunsmore

My favourite book is ‘All We Know Of Heaven’ by Sandee Cohen which I first read, when I was about 14, too young and shouldn’t have!! A beautiful love story that had me crying through the last few chapters. Read again as an adult and had exactly the same effect, I was a crying wreck. Some of the descriptions of scenes haven’t fared well with time and raise a little smile! – Alison Storey