Desert Island Books: Melinda Salisbury


Hello and welcome to the first post in Desert Island Books!

The first victim of Desert Island Books, I am very very happy to introduce is my very favourite Queen, Melinda Salisbury. I am so very grateful for Mel agreeing to be shipped off to my desert island!

Check out the rules and her choices below!

DIB rules


The Girl With Glass Feet – Ali Shaw
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
The Snow Spider – Jenny Nimmo
The Brides of Rollrock Island – Margo Lanagan
The Shell Seekers – Rosamunde Pilcher
Blessed Are – Sarah-Kate Lynch

It’s important I point out that this isn’t a list of my favourite books, as such. The problem is all of my very favourites have quite similar themes: Winter/snow, island/isolated community setting, magic and speculative elements, introverted characters, Celtic undertones – and I expect on anisland that would start to feel quite claustrophobic. So I’ve diversified my list a bit.

The Girl With Glass Feet, and The Night Circus are my two very favourite books in the world. The Snow Spider was my childhood fave, and I’d want it for when I got a bit scared about being stuck on an island. The Brides of Rollrock Island because I think about it so often. The Shell Seekers, and Blessed Are, remind me of my Nana, so I wouldn’t feel so alone if I had them.

Luckily I know the Harry Potter series pretty much off by heart, so I can recite them to myself if need be.


Brown soda bread with unpasteurised butter, St Agur cheese, chilli jam, and fresh cherry tomatoes. This was a snack I invented from necessity one hungover Sunday, that my Nana christened The Special. Since then, it has become my ultimate comfort snack.


Can I please have unlimited English Breakfast tea, with semi-skimmed milk?


Of Monsters and Men – Empire
Of Monsters and Men – Hunger
Florence and the Machine – Queen Of Peace
Florence and the Machine – No Light, No Light,
Florence and the Machine – Hiding
Florence and the Machine – Ship To Wreck
Florence and the Machine – Howl
Florence and the Machine – Only If For A Night
Jeff Buckley – Morning Theft
Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
Bon Iver – Holocene
Bon Iver – Perth
Bon Iver – 8 (Circle)
Iron and Wine – Sodom, South Georgia
Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were

I don’t want the Bible, thanks. But I’ll keep the Shakespeare. Me and Milky Joe can put on shows.

When the police arrive

I will keep The Girl With Glass Feet, and Florence and the Machine No Light, No Light.

Thank you so much Mel for being the first inhabitant on my desert island. I certainly now have a new list of songs and books to read! Check her our on twitter: GO FOLLOW. Totally worth it.

Come back on Thursday for more Desert Island Books! 

S xx

p.s. if you’d like to be involved get in contact on twitter or email me!

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