It was a beautiful day yesterday. Not quite good enough for me to sit outside with a book which was just as well as there's a lot of work to be done getting the garden in shape after the winter!

But I'm turning my focus outside with my recommendations this week - a fascinating and wide-ranging memoir from Noreen Masud about the eeriness and power of flat landscapes, and the stunning and unsettling novel by Kate Worsley set in an imagined rural community on the Essex-Suffolk border. Scroll down for more details.

And Suffolk Libraries are encouraging us to read more about the natural world with the launch of their Wild Reads initiative next week. 

Run in association with Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Wild Reads aims "to encourage readers and wildlife-lovers to explore and celebrate the connection between the natural world and the written word".

In addition to the recommended reads from authors including Melissa HarrisonMatt Gaw and Robert Macfarlane, there are events and activities taking place in libraries throughout the county over the next five months.

But we'll be stepping into a snowy world of environmental disaster for our discussion tomorrow evening! The book group title is 'Wivenhoe' by Samuel Fisher. If you're planning to come along please let me know by replying to this email by lunchtime tomorrow so that I can get everything in place for the meeting.

This week's recommended titles are Foxash, A Flat Place and Welcome to the World.

Thank you for reading.