It’s the turn of the Pimlico Library staff to share their reading recommendations. I wasn’t able to catch up with all of them, busy bees that they are, but I hope you’ll agree that what follows is a really interesting selection!
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
The author’s views and interpretations of events during Iran’s Islamic Revolution, which happened when she was a child, are refreshing. So are her feistiness and straightforward thinking during a time of confusion.
The Blade Itself trilogy, by Joe Abercrombie
The characterisations are genius and you never are quite sure who are the villains are and who are the heroes. It’s a great adventure – and the twist at the end was pure evil.
The Passage, by Justin Cronin
I could not put it down although it was very long. It became boring midway and I was loathe to read all 784 pages, but I perservered and read the lot, only to find that there will be 2 more books!The first one was left on a bit of a cliffhanger. The book is about vampires, but these ones have been made by the US army to use as weapons. It details how they have got away from army confinement and gone mad killing people and turning them as they are, literally devasting the world. The book centres around a little girl that is the same as them, but she has not got the carnivore habit. [Vivien]
The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield
Sit down with a glass of wine and take yourself off to a fantastic story that twists and turns and does not disappoint. A real treat.
Winter in Madrid, by C J Sansom
An engaging and informative story, set in Madrid at the time of the Spanish Civil War. The book engages with the reader, giving us wonderful characters and an insight into what it was like to be in Spain under Franco’s government. A thoroughly enjoyable read that I could not put down.
Traders, Guns & Money, by Satyajit Das
A really deceptive book. Behind the bland textbook facade lies a cynical tour de force through the world of finance. On a basic level it makes the complex world of derivatives accessible to the layman, however what makes this book special are its – frankly insane – real-life anecdotes. Although written just before the financial crisis, it still puts the recent turbulence in context. To paraphrase one of the critic blurbs: when derivatives and swearing appear together on every other page you know someone has written the truth about financial innovation. [Francis]
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, by Maggie O’Farrell
An utterly compulsive, poignant read.