Hello readers! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. Each week, list-lovers are invited to create a top-ten on a book-related theme.
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This week our topic is platonic relationships. I had lofty aims for this theme and planned to pick a special angle; perhaps the parent-child bond or life-long friends.
All my good intentions scattered when I began thinking of the many amazing relationships to be found in books. Whether it’s mentor and mentee, teachers and students or brothers and sisters, I’ve decided to choose a diverse mix and celebrate a little bit of everything.
Friendship: Harry and Hermione, Harry and Ron
The Harry Potter Series, JK Rowling
Harry’s friendship with Ron and Hermione is world famous; isolated Hermione makes friends, Ron steps out from the shadow of his older brothers and Harry gets the affection he’d been denied as a young child.
Siblings: Aneeka and Parvaiz
Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie
In this modern reworking of Antigone, Aneeka remains loyal to her naïve, traitorous brother. After he betrays her and his own country she takes drastic steps to help him. Not the healthiest relationship but beautifully written!
Parent and child: Mrs Bennet and her daughters
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Mother of five, Mrs Bennet, has all the tact of a mid-sized explosion. She’s silly, embarrassing and determined to throw her daughters into the path of every eligible bachelor in Hertfordshire. Yet, her cringeworthy behaviour is partly desperation – she’s trying to save her children from homelessness and destitution.
Parent and child: Jack and Ma
Room, Emma Donoghue
Five-year-old Jack has spent his whole life in one tiny room with his Ma. This is the story of a mother’s overwhelming love for her child under very difficult circumstances.
Mentor and mentee: Mr Peterson and Alex
The Universe Versus Alex Woods, Gavin Extence
In this quirky and sometimes tragic coming-of-age story, a bullied teenage boy finds a father figure in a drug-smoking Vietnam veteran.
Parent and child: The Man and the Boy
The Road, Cormac McCarthy
Outstanding and emotional; a unnamed father tries to keep his young son safe as they travel through a post-apocalyptic, cannibal-infested wasteland.
Teacher and students: Miss Jean Brodie and her ‘Set’
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark
So short you could read it in an evening. This contemporary classic covers a teacher’s inappropriate and alarming attempts to mentor a group of favoured pupils.
Forgotten relationship: Aiden and Anna
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton
Aiden and Anna have been stripped of their memories but must work together to solve a murder. Are they friends, enemies, rivals or siblings? Will their past history matter once they’ve caught the killer?
Parent and child: Baba and Amir
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
This book deserves every single one of its rave reviews. Set in Afghanistan’s recent history, The Kite Runner portrays father-son relationships, self-sacrifice, secrecy and lies.
Sisters: Elinor and Marianne
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
Yes, I know, two Austen novels in a single list! Elinor and Marianne are sisters with (in my opinion) appalling taste in men. It’s the friendship and support they show each other that makes Sense and Sensibility so worth reading.