Monthly Roundup – July 2018

This was another busy month and one that will be remembered for the heat – given the weather enjoyed I no longer feel bad that I didn’t manage to organise a family summer holiday this year. We did manage a day trip to a beach where we built sand fortifications as well as messing around in the sea with our dinghy and body board. It was pleasing to find that my grown up kids can still enjoy their buckets and spades.

I read 13 books this month, a good mix of fiction and non fiction although no works in translation. I opened with a musing on expectations of readers inspired by a comment from an author at a festival attended in June – So an author wants a reader to ‘get’ their book? 

I attended two events in July – you may check them out below.

My fiction reads included a book of protest poetry ideal for the Formula 1 racing season

Lou Ham: Racing Anthropocene Statements by Paul Hawkins, published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe


The half dozen other fiction titles read were


The Hope Fault by Tracy Farr, published by Aardvark Bureau
The Hurtle of Hell by Simon Edge, published by Lightning Books
The Devil’s Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch, published by Corvus


Three Dreams in the Key of G by Marc Nash, published by Dead Ink
The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola, published by Tinder Press
A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne, published by Doubleday


In non fiction I read an excellent memoir and a history of surgery as well as the Wellcome Book Prize winner and an amusing parody of hipster London


Self & I by Matthew De Abaitua, published by Eye Books
Under the Knife: The History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations by Arnold van de Laar, published by John Murray


To Be a Machine by Mark O’Connell, published by Granta
The Bespokist Society


I posted reviews of two books originally written for Bookmunch


Brexit & Ireland by Tony Connelly, published by Penguin
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, published by Canongate


The events attended were an author reading that was rearranged at the last minute to avoid a clash with a football match, and a party in a bookshop to launch a festival programme


Will Eaves in Bath

Launching the Marlborough Literature Festival programme


As ever I wish to thank the publishers who send me their titles to review – the arrival of a book parcel makes my day.

My thanks also to those who share my words across their social media platforms. Your support is always appreciated.

3 comments on “Monthly Roundup – July 2018

  1. BookerTalk says:

    That was brave of you to read a book about Brexit. i’m afraid I am turning off every time it comes up on the news – its just going around and around in ever decreasing circles

    • Jackie Law says:

      The book was notably balanced on the issue which was refreshing. I know what you mean about the British news – it is hard to glean any facts from the partisan and often hysterical coverage.

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