Matilda Wormwood is the ultimate bookworm. She learns to read at the mere age of three, and by the time she is four she has the reading ability of an adult. At four years old, Matilda is more well-read than I am. Her super-intelligence leads to magical powers – she can levitate and move things with her minds.
As a lonely young girl, ignored by her family and without friends, not only does Matilda find entertainment and education in reading, she also finds solace in books.
Roald Dahl’s Matilda teaching us that reading gives you powers beyond what you thought you were capable of, and they provide comfort and company in loneliness.
The best place to start? With Matilda’s erudite reading list:
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Good Companions by J. B. Priestley
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis