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This week’s topic is Books I Hope Santa Brings. Now I think it’s very unlikely Santa will bring me any physical books because, at this busy point in the year, he simply doesn’t have time to look through my bookshelves and see what I’ve already read or have waiting to be read. But if he did, here are a few I’d be happy to unwrap on Christmas morning and which would take me nicely through our current lockdown in the UK. (Links from the titles will take you to the book description on Goodreads.)
Mr Wilder & Me by Jonathan Coe – “at once a tender coming-of-age story and an intimate portrait of one of cinema’s most intriguing figures”
Trio by William Boyd – “an exhilarating, tender novel that asks the vital questions: what makes life worth living? And what do you do if you find it isn’t?”
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue – “[the author] once again finds the light in the darkness in this new classic of hope and survival against all odds”
How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang –“a sweeping adventure tale, an unforgettable sibling story and a remarkable novel about a family bound and divided by its memories”
The Dead of Winter by S. J. Parris – “the early adventures of young priest Giordano Bruno in the dramatic days of sixteenth century Italy”
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste – “a gorgeously crafted and unputdownable exploration of female power”
The Blind Light by Stuart Evers – “Spanning decades, from the 1950s to the present, this ambitious, original novel offers a nuanced and absorbing portrait of friendship and rivalry that explores class divisions and the psychological legacy of the nuclear age”
One August Night by Victoria Hislop – “A dramatic story of love, betrayal and allegiances”
The Year Without Summer by Guinevere Glasfurd – “the story of a fateful year when temperatures fell and the summer failed to arrive”
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave – “a story of love, evil, and obsession, set at the edge of civilization”