I bought Cloud Atlas recently at the Red Cross shop, for £1.50. My sister, Irene, lent it to me several years ago when I was visiting England from the US. I remember finding the book interesting, but it hasn’t stuck in my head like many books do. Now there’s a film out, a good time to read it again (before seeing the film). But mostly in memory of my sister, who died in 2009. The photo was taken when she won a short story award from Guildford Writers. Irene is bottom right.