It seems ages since I last wrote on WordPress. I had to take some time off to deal with important domestic matters and – just as important – to have a holiday!
I’m back now, and with lots of great books to read and review. Here are some of the novels and non fiction works sitting on my bookshelves at the moment.
The sequel to Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale was published in September. It has been a few years since I read it but the memories still linger. Somehow the author touched a nerve. It is one of the scariest novels I have ever read. And, by the way, The Testaments has already earned Margaret Atwood a shared Booker Prize!
This is the second novel by Ambrose Perry – pseudonym for a Scottish couple who joined forces to write The Way of All Flesh, a thriller set in nineteenth century Edinburgh. I reviewed it in September last year. The Art of Dying promises more of the same.
Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials is so well known and loved that it needs no introduction. Published in October, The Secret Commonwealth is book number two of his new trilogy The Book of Dust. If you’d like to know what I thought of the first volume, click here.
The Family, also published in October, is Louise Jensen’s fifth novel – and every one of the first four has an unexpected twist. I am hoping – indeed expecting – the same psychological thrills in her latest. Click here for my thoughts on The Date.
Now for something completely different!
Witchfinders has been around since 2006. It is the story of Matthew Hopkins, possibly the most notorious witchfinder in history. I have been interested in witchcraft as a research topic for some time. As often happens, I found this book while I was looking for something else.
I hope to talk about all of these books over the next few weeks – not necessarily in the same order.