August, a month for enjoying the long summer days and good books…
Jojo Moyes- Still Me- the third and final part of the trilogy which began with Me before you. A jolly nice read with a suitably happy ending. Bit fanciful and fluffy, but perfect for a wet and rainy week when I was kept indoors.
Neil Spring- The Lost Village- a thriller with ghosts. The lost village is Imber on the Salisbury Plain. It was taken over by the army for training purposes in WW2. The villagers were forced to leave and believed they would return after victory. You can visit the village for a few days in August. It was a good read, ideal for Halloween, should you be that way inclined.
Sally Magnusson- The Sealwoman’s Gift- I really, really liked this book. 1627, 400 people are abducted by Dutch pirates and sold into slavery in Algeria. This real event is told through the experience of Olafur, a priest who is sent back to Denmark to arrange a ransom, and his wife Asta left with her three children. It is heartbreaking in places. I have put this on my top 100 books as it covered an event hitherto unknown to me. Brilliant, that’s all I am saying.
Danny Miller- Kiss me Quick- This book got a mention by Erin Kelly as background reading for her novel The Ties that Bind. Kiss me Quick is also set in Brighton in the early 60’s, the days of Mods and Rockers, and dodgy underground nasty villains. Not for the faint hearted, but well plotted, and a good thriller.
Lisa Jewel- Watching You- This was good, very good indeed. Joey falls for the charisma of her neighbour, the head of the local school. She becomes somewhat obsessed by him, and almost becomes his stalker. But someone is watching her, and someone is watching them…. very well plotted, prepare to loose a day, or in my case two consecutive afternoons.
Alys Conran-Dignity- This is a wonderful book. Told through three narrators, Evelyn Roberts who marries and goes to India in the 1930’s, her daughter Magda who we meet at the end of her life living out her days in a big rambling house in the fictitious seaside town of Bay Mouth and her carer Susheela. Evelyn finds the life of a woman in a British colony extremely restrictive and hard. I really enjoyed reading her narration. My Dad was sent to India in WW2 and found the colonials very unwelcoming to the officers who had joined during the war. No croquet and cucumber sandwiches for him. Themes include, the role of women, the treatment of the Indian servants and staff, the life of a British born Indian in the UK, PTSD , love, relationships, money, etc etc. A lot to get one’s teeth into.
Jodi Picoult- Sing you home- There are some authors that I re-shelve week after week during my library shifts, and have never tried myself- Dilys Court and Josephine Cox come to mind. Jodi Picoult was another- I assumed, wrongly, that she wrote chick lit, not a favourite genre of mine, but as I say I was wrong. I have a dread of running out of books to read over a bank holiday so choose this one just in case. Oh my days, it is good. Same sex relationships, infertility, court room scenes over battles for the frozen embryos, so much detail, so well plotted. Thoroughly engrossed me through the hot weather. A jolly good read. Is it a film? It would make a good one for sure.
And those are the books I read this month. Thanks to everyone who mentioned these to me. Love to know who has read any of these and what they thought. Have you read any good books this month?