Thursday 1 March is World Book Day and to mark the occasion, the U crew would like to introduce you to our favourite books (as we remind ourselves to read more!).



Aisling: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Even taking the brilliant ’80s movie version – starring Tom Cruise, his original teeth and the rest of The Brat Pack – aside, I adore this book and reread it constantly. I read it for the first time while I was still in school and it was the first time I realised that there’s more to most people than what meets the eye. And that most people are good. Set in 1950s America it’s technically a story about two gangs from different side of the tracks but is actually about friendship, family and finding your place in your world.


Rebecca: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I’m a Jane Austen fan girl through and though. I’ve read all of her books but my all-time favourite is Pride and Prejudice… of course! I read it every Christmas and have two copies – one well-thumbed one for reading and a beautiful hardback edition which was a gift and is purely for display purposes. OTT, I know!


Faye: The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving

My favourite book is The Hotel New Hampshire. Well I love anything by John Irving but this is my number one. It’s funny and a bit weird and he has a way of making you really care about the characters without being cheesy or sentimental. I also love Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. But avoid the two films made from these books, they’re crap.

Amy: Fashion Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones

I love this book. Written with the input of three anonymous sources in the fashion industry, it tells the tale of a British fashion designer trying to make it in the US . The ‘novel’ is really fiction in disguise. You never find out who the famous names behaving badly are – but it does de-shroud the mysterious side of the fashion industry, which nobody talks about.

Brenda: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I buy more books than I actually read these days (damn you, smartphone) but one I always go back to is Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. She’s quite a modern woman, our Jane. Smart, well-read, and capable of a fine line in sass when required, she survives a rubbish childhood to make her way in the world. Plus, she doesn’t go all fainty-girly when she encounters the brooding Mr Rochester either. Ah, Rochester. He’s a bit of a brute, really, but their chemistry is hard to resist and, well, you’ll have to read it to see how things work out…

We’re always looking for reading recommendations – hit us up on Twitter at @u_magazine and let us know your favourites!