Here’s a quick sample of what library staff are reading at the moment – a varied selection!
She-Wolves – the women who ruled England before Elizabeth, by Helen Castor
Juicy gossip but Proper History too about four women who held power in medieval England from Mathilda the daughter of Henry II to Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI.
Let the Right One In, by John Lindqvist
Absolutely terrifying and beautifully written.
Shakespeare’s London on Five Groats a Day, by Richard Tames
An enjoyable spoof travel guide that brings the London of 1600 alive. Liberally embellished with illustrations, amusing facts and anecdotes.
The Poison Tree, by Erin Kelly
A compelling and truly creepy read, the twists and turns are intriguing and bring to mind Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.
Swimsuit, by James Patterson
Pure escapism, and as usual a real page turner!
Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
Christopher McCandless’ ill-fated journey of self-discovery seems to sharply divide opinion. I found the tale touching and tragic and would urge readers to make up their own minds. Peppered with intriguing quotes and beautiful descriptions of the wild landscapes that McCandless traversed, the author uses diary entries , eye-witness accounts and his own experiences to piece together a picture of this adventurous young man.
Little Gods, by Anna Richards
This book tells the story of Jean, an enormous woman born to a mean mother who does not want her. Set in wartime England, it’s beautifully written, and I’ve no idea where it’s going! I’ve heard that it deteriorates in the second half, but I really hope not, as I like it a lot so far.
Solitude, by Anthony Storr
Storr challenges the widely held view that success in personal relationships is the only key to happiness. A fascinating and very readable book that, amongst other things, highlights the significance and importance of solitude in many creative endeavours.
Kill all Enemies, by Melvin Burgess
Follows three teenagers, all of whom have problems at home/school/PRU. Great tale, with some moral advise/statements from Burgess – it was reviewed recently in the Saturday Guardian too.
The Rule of Law, by Tom Bingham (the late Lord Bingham, Master of the Rolls, Lord Chief Justice, etc.).
This brilliant book is not a law book; it’s a highly readable, not very long survey of what exactly we mean by “the rule of law”, and what it means in practice. Highly recommended.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell
Beautifully written, captivating love story, set at the turn of the 19th Century, revealing the risks and rigors of a Dutch shipping company’s trade with Japan, a country then almost entirely cut off from the rest of the world and the commercial, administrative and linguistic acrobatics, not to mention threat to life and limb this involved for both civilians and sailors alike.
The Increment, by David Ignatius
Another well written and entertaining – post cold war – spy novel from the author of Body of Lies.
What are YOU reading? Do you fancy any of these?