Hello!! How are you?! Staying safe? Staying sane? I think I’m just about ok on both counts! I think it’s more about the fear now of what happens when life tries to get back to a bit of normality – there’s a lot of stupid people out and about in the world and whilst most of us do the right thing, you can’t count on everyone to do the same…….
But thankfully there’s always books! And I’ve hit the jackpot this week with 3 stunning books that I’ve read that just made me realise why I love reading so much!! And then there was Netgalley…… 3 approvals in one day doesn’t help.. especially when you forgot you’d requested 2 of them! Oh well! Maybe I’ll do better on that score next week…..
Here’s a look back at my bookish week!
Intense, evocative, beautiful!
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker – 5 stars
Astonishing read! Buy it, Read it, Thank me later!!
A Cornish Summer Holiday by Rosie Green – 5 stars
Book 10 in the series and just as wonderful as when it all started!
DEAR READER by CATHY RENTZENBRINK
out September 2020
‘Reading has saved my life, again and again, and has held my hand through every difficult time’
For as long as she can remember, Cathy Rentzenbrink has lost and found herself in stories. Growing up she was rarely seen without her nose in a book and read in secret long after lights out. When tragedy struck, books kept her afloat. Eventually they lit the way to a new path, first as a bookseller and then as a writer. No matter what the future holds, reading will always help.
Dear Reader is a moving, funny and joyous exploration of how books can change the course of your life, packed with recommendations from one reader to another.
OLIVE by EMMA GANNON
out June 2020
Knows her own mind.
OLIVE is many things, and it’s ok that she’s still figuring it all out, navigating her world without a compass. But life comes with expectations, there are choices to be made, boxes to tick and – sometimes – stereotypes to fulfil. And when her best friends’ lives start to branch away towards marriage and motherhood, leaving the path they’ve always followed together, Olive starts to question her choices – because life according to Olive looks a little bit different.
Moving, memorable and a mirror for every woman at a crossroads, OLIVE has a little bit of all of us. Told with great warmth and nostalgia, this is a modern tale about the obstacle course of adulthood, milestone decisions and the ‘taboo’ about choosing not to have children.
IN THE TIME OF FOXES by JO LENNAN
out July 2020
‘A fox could be a shape-shifter, a spirit being. It could appear in human form if this suited its purposes; it could come and go as it pleased, play tricks, lead men astray.’
A film director in Hackney with a fox problem in her garden; an escapee from a cult in Japan; a Sydney café-owner rekindling an old flame; an English tutor who gets too close to an oligarch; a journalist on Mars, face-to-face with his fate.
The world has taught these men and women to live off their wits. They know how to play smart, but what happens when they need to be wise?
In the Time of Foxes is both compellingly readable and deeply insightful about the times in which we live, each narrative a compressed novel. With an exhilarating span of people and places, woven together by the most mercurial of animals, it shows the short story collection at its most entertaining and rewarding, and introduces Jo Lennan as a captivating new storyteller.
WHEN THE MUSIC STOPS by JOE HEAP
out October 2020
This is the story of Ella.And Robert.And of all the things they should have said, but never did.Through seven key moments and seven key people their journey intertwines.From the streets of Glasgow during WW2 to the sex, drugs and rock n’ roll of London in the 60s and beyond, this is a story of love and near misses. Of those who come in to our lives and leave it too soon. And of those who stay with you forever…
There has been book purchases arriving in the post too….
ANKOMST by GOHRIL GABRIELSEN
subscriber copy from Peirene Press
Seabirds in northern Norway share the parenting of chicks equally. Even in the twenty-four-hour darkness of winter they care for their young together. Among these birds a research scientist makes her home in an abandoned fisherman’s hut. Surrounded by nature, she observes the birds for her PhD and waits for her lover to arrive. As the days pass, secrets of the cabin’s past are revealed: a mysterious fire; a tragedy from generations long ago; a child who waits for their mother to return. Perhaps what comes naturally for seabirds is not always so natural to us…
KING OF THE CROWS by RUSSELL DAY
publised by Fahrenheit Press
“OCEAN’S ELEVEN MEETS 28 DAYS LATER.”
2028, eight years after a pandemic swept across Europe, the virus has been defeated and normal life has resumed.
Memories of The Lockdown have already become clouded by myths, rumour and conspiracy.
Books have been written, movies have been released and the names Robertson, Miller & Maccallan have slipped into legend.
Together they hauled The Crows, a ragged group of virus survivors, across the ruins of London. Kept them alive, kept them safe, kept them moving.
But not all myths are true and not all heroes are heroes.
Questions are starting to be asked about what really happened during those days when society crumbled and the capital city became a killing ground.
Finally the truth will be revealed.
Weighing in at a hefty 580 Pages, King Of The Crows is a truly genre-busting novel in terms of both content + structure.
The story is told over the span of 8 years from 2020-2028 using flashbacks and extracts from survivor accounts, screenplays, academic studies, online chat-rooms and police reports.
You will never have read a book like this one.
I think I’m going straight in with King of the Crows as it’s a chunkster of a book! Reading a book about a pandemic, during a pandemic….. what could possibly go wrong?!