This month’s reading has been a mix of new publications – including several read in preparation for author events – and a few books plucked from my vast TBR pile that I have been eager to get to for ages. I have enjoyed fiction and non fiction, translated works, and even a couple of books aimed at children. In total I posted reviews for 14 titles, including two that I originally wrote for Bookmunch. I also posted write-ups from 8 literary events. It has been a busy bookish month.
If you click on the book covers below you will be taken to publisher information and purchase suggestions. Click on a title and you will be taken to my review.
The White Book by Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith), published by Portobello Books
Soul of the Border by Matteo Righetto (translated by Howard Curtis), published by Pushkin Press
Normal People by Sally Rooney, published by Faber & Faber
The Study Circle by Haroun Khan, published by Dead Ink
Thin Air by Michelle Paver, published by Orion
Crocodile by Daniel Shand, published by Sandstone Press
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak, published by Doubleday
Chains: Unheard Voices, published by the MargŌ Collective
Children’s and YA Fiction
Captain Pug: The Dog Who Sailed the Seas by Laura James (illustrated by Églantine Ceulemans), published by Bloomsbury
Disbelieved by Beth Webb
For Love & Money by Jonathan Raban, published by Eland
Landfill by Tim Dee, published by Little Toller
The 10 Worst of Everything: The Big Book of Bad by Sam Jordison, published by Michael O’Mara Books
The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity by Kwame Anthony Appiah, published by Profile Books
Rachel Trethewey at Bowood
Adam Kay in Bristol
Adelle Stripe and Mick Kitson at the Marlborough Literature Festival
The Corsham Bookshop (for Bookshop Day)
Edward Carey in Bath
Tim Dee in Bath
Sally Rooney in Bath
Novel Nights in Bristol with guest speaker Nikesh Shukla
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.