Sing it loud, it’s Saturday!! Hope you’ve all had a happy week! It’s been good here, despite the never ending rain, but I’ve ended the week feeling very sluggish! I need to recharge!
On the book front it’s been another really good one, boosted by my new addiction to listening to audiobooks while I do crafts, declutter or play computer games! 6 books finished this week so I treated myself to a trip to Netgalley where 2 newbies made me click! A nice bit of bookpost too made the week complete!
Here’s my look back!
THE ART OF REST by CLAUDIA HAMMOND (audiobook) – 4 STARS
KAIZEN by SARAH HARVEY (audiobook) – 4 STARS
NOTHING IMPORTANT HAPPENED TODAY by WILL CARVER (audiobook) – 5 STARS
NICK by MICHAEL FARRIS SMITH – 5 STARS
THE HAPPY CLOSET by ANNMARIE O’CONNOR (audiobook) – 4 STARS
GOOD SAMARITANS by WILL CARVER (audiobook) – 4 STARS
Lovely bookpost this week from LOUISE WALTERS BOOKS as I’m one of the supporters.
THE DIG STREET FESTIVAL by CHRIS WALSH
publication date – March 2021
It’s 2006 in the fictional East London borough of Leytonstow. The UK’s pub smoking ban is about to happen, and thirty-eight-and-a-half year old John Torrington, a mopper and trolley collector at his local DIY store, is secretly in love with the stylish, beautiful, and middle-class barmaid Lois. John and his hapless, strange, and down-on-their-luck friends, Gabby Longfeather and Glyn Hopkins, live in Clements Markham House – a semi-derelict Edwardian villa divided into unsanitary bedsits, and (mis)managed by the shrewd, Dickensian business man, Mr Kapoor.
When Mr Kapoor, in a bizarre and criminal fluke, makes him fabulously credit-worthy, John surprises his friends and colleagues alike by announcing he will organise an amazing ‘urban love revolution’, aka the Dig Street Festival. But when he discovers dark secrets at the DIY store, and Mr Kapoor’s ruthless gentrification scheme for Clements Markham House, John’s plans take several unexpected and worrisome turns…
Funny, original, philosophical, and unexpectedly moving, The Dig Street Festival takes a long, hard, satirical look at modern British life, and asks of us all, how can we be better people?
And Netgalley lured me in with these two…..
THE DISAPPEARING ACT by FLORENCE DE CHANGY
‘The affair was weird when seen from afar, but seen in close-up, it was Kafkaesque: it was not possible in 2014 for a Boeing 777 to have simply disappeared…’
A remarkable piece of investigative journalism into one of the most pervasive and troubling mysteries of recent memory.
01:20am, 8 March 2014.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying 239 passengers, disappeared into the night, never to be seen or heard from again.
The incident was inexplicable. In a world defined by advanced technology and interconnectedness, how could an entire aircraft become untraceable? Had the flight been subject to a perfect hijack? Perhaps the pilots lost control? And if the plane did crash, where was the wreckage?
Writing for Le Monde in the days and months after the plane’s disappearance, journalist Florence de Changy closely documented the chaotic international investigation that followed, uncovering more questions than answers. Riddled with inconsistencies, contradictions and a lack of basic communication between authorities, the mystery surrounding flight MH370 only deepened.
Now, de Changy offers her own explanation. Drawing together countless eyewitness testimonies, press releases, independent investigative reports and expert opinion, The Disappearing Act offers an eloquent and deeply unnerving narrative of what happened to the missing aircraft.
An incredible feat of investigative journalism and a testament to de Changy’s tenacity and resolve, this book is an exhaustive, gripping account into one of the most profound mysteries of the 21st century.
ALEXANDRIA by EDMUND RICHARDSON
publication date – May 2021
For centuries the city of Alexandria Beneath the Mountains was a meeting point of East and West. Then it vanished. In 1833 it was discovered in Afghanistan by the unlikeliest person imaginable: Charles Masson, deserter, traveller, pilgrim, doctor, archaeologist, spy, and eventually one of the most respected scholars in Asia, and the greatest of nineteenth-century travellers.
On the way into one of history’s most extraordinary stories, he would take tea with kings, travel with holy men and become the master of a hundred disguises; he would see things no westerner had glimpsed before and few have glimpsed since. He would spy for the East India Company and be suspected of spying for Russia at the same time, for this was the era of the Great Game, when imperial powers confronted each other in these staggeringly beautiful lands. Masson discovered tens of thousands of pieces of Afghan history, including the 2,000 year old Bimaran golden casket, which has upon it the earliest known face of the Buddha. He would be offered his own kingdom; he would change the world, and the world would destroy him.
This is a wild journey through nineteenth-century India and Afghanistan, with impeccably researched storytelling that shows us a world of espionage and dreamers, ne’er-do-wells and opportunists, extreme violence both personal and military, and boundless hope. At the edge of empire, amid the deserts and the mountains, it is the story of an obsession passed down the centuries.
THE HAPPY MEDIUM by ANNMARIE O’CONNOR (audiobook)