This month I watched as my three children packed their belongings and dispersed, each to a different capital city in the UK. My house feels very quiet. This does mean that I now have plenty of reading time, although I am making a concerted effort to remain active and leave the house each day. Autumn is my favourite season and I wish to wander the fields and watch the leaves turn.
I reviewed fourteen books in September, a good mix of fiction and non fiction including one translated work and a children’s book. I also wrote up one of the literary events I attended.
This was a strong month for fiction.
The Life of Almost by Anna Vaught, published by Patrician Press
Francis Plug: Writer in Residence by Paul Ewen, published by Galley Beggar Press
The Dominant Animal by Kathryn Scanlan, published by Little Island Press
The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon, published by Virago
The Plankton Collector by Cath Barton, published by New Welsh Rarebyte
The Groundsmen by Lynn Buckle, published by époque press
Little by Edward Carey, published by Gallic Books
Buffy is currently my go to TV series for those evenings when I feel the need to switch off my brain. I enjoyed this children’s picture book which takes the key characters and presents them in an appealing form for the next generation.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Kim Smith, published by Quirk Books
My non fiction reads were an eclectic mix.
In Search of Lost Books: The forgotten stories of eight mythical volumes by Giorgio van Straten (translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre), published by Pushkin Press
Dear Mr Pop Star by Derek and Dave Philpott, published by Unbound
Pearls before Poppies: The Story of the Red Cross Pearls by Rachel Trethewey, published by The History Press
My selection for Bookmunch were all worth reading.
Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks, published by Hutchinson Books
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harare, published by Jonathan Cape
The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell, published by Profile Books
I attended a party at the aptly named Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath
Launch Party for The Life of Almost by Anna Vaught
I have quite a few gigs lined up for the coming month and will also be writing up those I attended at the tail end of September but didn’t have time to include here.
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. I don’t say it enough but your support is always appreciated.
Some great reads this month!