Friday, December 25, 2009

Michael Aspel's best books

Michael Aspel has presented British TV shows such as Crackerjack, This Is Your Life, and Antiques Roadshow in a showbiz career that has spanned nearly 50 years.

He named his six best books for the Daily Express. One title on the list:
by Cormac McCarthy

Ostensibly about the Old West, this tells the story of a teenage runaway who joins a gang of scalp hunters killing Indians on the US-Mexico border in the mid-19th century. The best book I’ve read in years. It’s magnificently written.
Read about another book on Aspel's list.

Blood Meridian is one authority's pick for the Great Texas novel and is among Clive Sinclair's top 10 westerns, the New York Times list of the best American fiction of the last 25 years, and the top ten works of literature according to Stephen King. It is one of six books that Maile Meloy wrote "have changed her idea of 'what’s possible in fiction'."

--Marshal Zeringue