Sugar sweet symphony
“What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and all things nice” is how the rhyme goes. I’m not so sure little girls are all that sweet, or ever were. I could be if I wanted something, but otherwise I was a downright terror…
Sugar is not a topic you expect to see much of in a book unless, of course, the book is about diets and/or baking. On the latter note, TSL has a whole series of books on Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet which are definitely for the sweet-toothed reader.
I found some other books and stories related to sugar which I thought I’d share.
Sugar mice – one of my favourite stories appears in John Samson’s short story collection Cold Fiction.
In one of my 2017 publishing highlights, some naughty lads put sugar on chairs to attract ants in order to scare the girls in the title short story of The roots that gave birth to magical blossoms by Amna Agib (bit Nafisa) while in one of our first publications for 2018 (number 2 in fact) Byron wipes the sugar from the sweetmeats off his fingers in Thirty-Seven Guns by Tricia Price. Sugar daddies feature in Sai-Ko by Gabriela Harding, but I wouldn’t call it a ‘sweet’ read.
Looking a bit further afield, I discovered a book simply titled Sugar. I haven’t read it, but it seems fitting to add to this symphony. Others tell you they’re ‘A novel’, for example Sugar: A novel (McFadden); Queen Sugar: A novel; Sugar: A novel (Stuart); Black Sugar: A novel. Of these, the last looks at the sugar industry in the south of USA.
And perhaps it’s fitting to finish off with Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory subsequently made into the film Willy Wonka (my preference being the Gene Wilder version as opposed to the Johnny Depp one – TSL author Philip Philmar features in the latter).