My Week in Books – 29th October ’17


New arrivals

BrotherBrother by David Chariandy (eARC, NetGalley)

Michael and Francis are the bright, ambitious sons of Trinidadian immigrants. Coming of age in The Park, a cluster of houses and towers in the disparaged outskirts of a sprawling city, the brothers battle against the careless prejudices and low expectations that confront them on a daily basis. While Francis dreams of a future in music, Michael’s dreams are of Aisha, the smartest girl in their school, whose eyes are firmly set on a life elsewhere.

But the bright hopes of all three are violently, irrevocably thwarted by a tragic event.

The Secret Life of Alfred NightingaleThe Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale by Rebecca Stonehill (ebook, review copy courtesy of the author)

1967 – Handsome but troubled, Jim is almost 18 and he lives and breathes girls, trad jazz, Eel Pie Island and his best friend, Charles. One night, he hears rumours of a community of young people living in caves in Matala, Crete. Determined to escape his odious, bully of a father and repressed mother, Jim hitchhikes through Europe down to Matala. At first, it’s the paradise he dreamt it would be. But as things start to go wrong and his very notion of self unravels, the last thing Jim expects is for this journey of hundreds of miles to set in motion a passage of healing which will lead him back to the person he hates most in the world: his father.

The Tides BetweenThe Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane Corbett (ebook, review copy courtesy of the author)

In the year 1841, on the eve of her departure from London, Bridie’s mother demands she forget her dead father and prepare for a sensible adult life in Port Phillip. Desperate to save her childhood, fifteen-year-old Bridie is determined to smuggle a notebook filled with her father’s fairy tales to the far side of the world. When Rhys Bevan, a soft-voiced young storyteller and fellow traveller realises Bridie is hiding something, a magical friendship is born. But Rhys has his own secrets and the words written in Bridie’s notebook carry a dark double meaning. As they inch towards their destination, Rhys’s past returns to haunt him. Bridie grapples with the implications of her dad’s final message. The pair take refuge in fairy tales, little expecting the trouble it will cause.

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday – I shared my review of The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me by Barbara Quinn, a fun summer romance with each chapter linked to a Bruce Springsteen song.

WednesdayWWW Wednesday is the opportunity to share what I’ve just finished reading, what I’m reading now and what I’ll be reading next. I also published my review of Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore, a dark atmospheric historical novel which sadly was her last book before her untimely death earlier this year.

Thursday – As part of the blog tour, I shared my review of A Sea of Sorrow by the H Team, a group of writers who have collaborated on fascinating stories based on characters mentioned in Homer’s The Odyssey.

Friday – I took part in the blog tour for The Murderer’s Maid by Erika Mailman, a fictionalised account of the Lizzie Borden case.

Saturday – I ventured Down the TBR Hole with a view to pruning my To-Read shelf on Goodreads of books I no longer desire (or can’t remember ever desiring in the first place).

Challenge updates

  • Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge – 128 out of 156 books read, 3 more than last week
  • Classics Club Challenge – 5 out of 50 books reviewed, same as last week
  • NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2017 (Gold) – 52 ARCs reviewed out of 50, 1 more than last week
  • From Page to Screen 2016/7– 7 book/film comparisons out of 12 completed, same as last week
  • From Page to Screen 2017/18 – 1 out of 2 completed, same as last week

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Review: The Last Hours by Minette Walters
  • Review: Mr Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
  • Blog Tour/Q&A: The Note by Zoe Folbigg
  • Review: Fires by Tom Ward
  • Review: Dance of the Happy Shades by Alice Munro
  • Blog Tour/Review: The Other Life of Charlotte Evans by Louisa George
  • Review: Cuz by Danielle Allen
  • Review: The Secret of Vesalius by Jordi Llobregat
  • Q&A: The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale by Rebecca Stonehill
  • Blog Tour/Review: Mystery Tour, CWA Anthology of Short Stories, ed. Martin Edwards