² unputdownable so interesting you can’t put it down
² page-turner so exciting you have to keep reading
² protégé a younger person helped and taught by an older one
² celebrated famous
² pioneer one of the first people to do something
² thriller an exciting story, often about crime
² to be denied something stopped from having (to deny somebody something = refuse to let somebody have something)
² inheritance money or property you are given when somebody dies
² strong-willed determined
² resourceful good at dealing with difficulties / very capable
² to stop at nothing willing to do anything to achieve something
² I can’t wait to… eager to do something and excited about it
² to find out discover / learn
Have you ever read a book that is unputdownable? That’s what I’m reading now: No Name by Wilkie Collins and it’s an absolute page-turner! Wilkie Collins was a friend and protégé of the celebrated novelist Charles Dickens. Collins wrote in the 19th Century and was a pioneer of the ‘sensation novel’. Nowadays, we don’t say ‘sensation novel’, instead we call this type of book a ‘thriller’ - and what a thriller it is! It concerns two young women who have been denied their inheritance by an evil uncle. One of the sisters is strong-willed and resourceful – she will stop at nothing to get their inheritance back. She is such an interesting character. I can’t wait to find out what will happen, so I’m going to stop writing this column in a moment.
Have you read a page-turner recently? Can you recommend an unputdownable thriller from your own language? Let me know in the comments below or in a lesson of ‘Bookworms’.