Imogen McBean works on The Adventures of Martin Rattler in the Editorial Department. Here are her top picks for desert island reading.

Picture this: you end up marooned on a desert island with little chance of being rescued anytime soon. What would pass the time? Reading of course! Here are some of my top picks for ‘Desert Island Books’.

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

This book is crammed full of adventure – a good thing when you’re stuck on a desert island! The Walker family spend their summer in the Lake District sailing, camping and exploring and getting into mischief with their friends Nancy and Peggy.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

One of my favourite books from my childhood, this is a story full of magic and excitement. I loved all the characters, especially Mr Tumnus the faun. I wanted to be like Susan when I grew up. There’s also six more books in the series to keep me busy on the island.

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

This classic novel by Hardy is one of my favourites. I read it first as a teenager and it’s one of those books that you can read again and again. The heroine Bathsheba Everdene is strong-willed and independent. A film adaptation is being released on 1st May 2015 starring Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba.

And finally…

Boat Building: A Complete Handbook of Wooden Boat Construction by Howard Chapelle

If I’ve read all my other books over and over again and there is still no sign of anyone coming to rescue me, this book will come in handy! I’ll need a boat to get to the nearest bookshop of course.



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