Monthly Roundup – October 2019

After last month’s mixed bag of reading, which contained a greater number of disappointments than is usual given my selection process, October has been a superb month for discovering good books. Only one of the thirteen reviewed did not live up to expectations and even it had saving graces. I won’t be giving any of these books away.

On a personal front it has also been a good month as we celebrated my daughter’s intercalated graduation in Neuroscience and Mental Health. During this trip to London we met her fellow ‘First Class’ friends, watched her cross the stage of the Royal Albert Hall groomed and gowned, and took her to the Sky Garden to drink cocktails and English ‘champagne’ before indulging in a delicious dinner. Now she just has to complete the remainder of her medical degree…

Spot the proud parents

My strength training at the gym continues and I have also recently started the couch to 5k running program. These were coming along well until I succumbed to a nasty flu virus that put me out of action towards month’s end. I look forward to returning to my more usual good health soon.

The thirteen books I reviewed in October included: a fabulous collection of original poetry and art; five works of fiction (three translated) including a reread of a well known children’s book; three short story collections (one translated); and four non-fiction titles.

Click on a cover below to learn more about the book. Click on the title to read my review.

Poetry / Art

60 Lovers to Make & Do by Sophie Herxheimer, published by Henningham Family Press

Translated Fiction

Will by Jeroen Olyslaegers (translated by David Colmer), published by Pushkin Press
Welcome to America by Linda Boström Knausgård (translated by Martin Aitken), published by World Editions

It Would Be Night In Caracus by Karina Sainz Borgo (translated by Elizabeth Bryer), published by HarperVia


Glitch by Lee Rourke, published by Dead Ink Press

Children’s Fiction

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling, published by Bloomsbury


Translated Short Stories

Faces on the Tip of My Tongue by Emmanuelle Pagano (translated by Jennifer Higgins and Sophie Lewis), published by Peirene Press

Short Stories

This Way to Departures by Linda Mannheim, published by Influx Press
American Midnight: Tales of the Dark, published by Pushkin Press

Non Fiction

The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare, published by Elliott & Thompson
Car Park Life by Gareth E. Rees, published by Influx Press

Non Fiction reviews originally written for Bookmunch

Breaking & Mending by Joanna Cannon, published by Profile Books
Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell, published by Profile Books

Joanna Cannon will be in Bath as part of her Breaking & Mending tour next month so I may try to get along to that. I also have a stack of exciting new books that I am eager to read, along with tackling more from my too long neglected TBR mountain.

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

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


5 comments on “Monthly Roundup – October 2019

  1. How proud you must be of your daughter (and some good books here too!).

  2. Lovely family photo. Did you enjoy the Shaun Bythell book? I thought the first one was excellent but haven’t got a hold of the second one yet.

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