Books that got me through lockdown Lil Nutter

The wonderful Island artist Lil Nutter is the next to share with us the books that helped her through lockdown. Lil is also the first exhibitor to be featured in our local artist gallery in the bookshop.

“I have been painting professionally since 2003, and for the past 17 years, have mainly been creating textured, abstract impressionistic seascapes in acrylic paint. I work from my home studio in Cowes; the town where I was born, left , then eventually returned to. I have alway adored the varied coastlines of the Island, and beyond, especially the seaweed bedecked, craggy shorelines at low tide. My palette largely derives from observations on coastal walks and an emotional response to my surroundings. The painterly styles of textiles, prints and ceramics from the 1950s & 60s, with all their wonderful texture and colour also influence my style of painting.”


Tennessee Williams – Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr

A huge tome of a book about my favourite playwright .It forced me to re read his wonderful plays. Helen Mirren described it as “ A masterpiece about a genius “.


The Soldier’s Return by Melvyn Bragg

A very touching novel, based in 1946. A soldier who has served in Burma, ’The forgotten war”, returns home a very changed man.


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

A beautiful, heart wrenching story of a girl who survives, against all odds, alone in the marshes of North Carolina. I fell in love with this brave, intelligent, sensitive soul.


The Women at Hitler’s Table by Rosella Postorino

Based on real events, this book is a harrowing account of ten women, chosen to taste Hitler’s food and protect him from poison.


First and Last by Truman Capote

Two very different short stories from this fine writer – Master Misery and La Cote Basque. The 2nd is part of his scandalous and unfinished final novel.


If you are interesting in purchasing any of Lil’s recommendations, give us a call at the bookshop on 01983 300044 and we can order them in for you. Lil’s work will be on display in the shop throughout April and May and all the pieces are for sale. You can also discover more about Lil on her website