The nights are drawing in and the days have grown cold, so let TTR’s top five Magical Realism books brightened up your Winter . . .
- Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
Set in the 17th century, this is a story about love and sex; lies and truths; and twelve dancing princesses who lived happily ever after, but not with their husbands.
- The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter
Classic Carter and heady with cultural icons and feminist symbolism. A coming of age story set in a fantastical toyshop overseen by the pathological Uncle Philip.
- The Master and Margherita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Satirical fantasy that remained unpublished in its author’s home country of Russia for over thirty years. Watch out! The Devil’s coming to Soviet Moscow.
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship on the Pacific a solitary lifeboat contains the only survivors: the 16-year-old Pi, a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a 450-pound tiger.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A circus that arrives without notice and yet contains the most fantastical displays you will ever see. At its heart there is a secret and a battle between a magician’s apprentice and a sorcerer’s daughter.