The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

Chosen by Alison Ludditt, 34, Eastbourne. Alison was born in Canada but now lives in Eastbourne with her husband, Russell, her dog, Cromarty, and her cat, Carter. She works in a bank and enjoys yoga and photography.

Alison says:
‘If curling up is what you want, The Shipping News is the book for you. Set in a small fishing village, this quirky tale will wring your heart and make you laugh in turns. The writing is wise and insightful, and the characters feel like friends from the start. Quoyle, our (unlikely) hero, moves to Newfoundland from New York, leaving personal tragedy behind. Amid the oddities and desolation of the village, he discovers the possibility that he can put his life back together.’