My Week in Books – 12th March 2023

MyWeekinBooksOn What Cathy Read Next last week

Monday – I published my review of historical mystery, No Life for a Lady by Hannah Dolby.

Tuesday – This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Books On My Spring 2023 To-Read List.

Wednesday – As always WWW Wednesday is a weekly opportunity to share what I’ve just read, what I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next… and to take a peek at what others are reading. 

Thursday – I shared my review of espionage thriller, The Spy Across the Water by James Naughtie as part of the blog tour. 

Friday – I published a feature on the books longlisted for the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2023

Saturday – I shared my review of historical novel, A Complicated Matter by Anne Youngson.

New arrivals

God's Children Are Little Broken ThingsGod’s Children Are Little Broken Things by Arinze Ifeakandu (Wieldenfeld & Nicolson) Longlisted for the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2023

In this stunning debut from one of Nigeria’s most promising young writers, the stakes of love meet a society in flux.

A man revisits the university campus where he lost his first love, aware now of what he couldn’t understand then. A daughter returns home to Lagos after the death of her father, forced to face her past – and future – relationship with his longtime partner. A young musician rises to fame at the risk of losing himself and the man who loves him.

Generations collide, families break and are remade, languages and cultures intertwine, and lovers find their ways to futures; from childhood through adulthood; on university campuses, city centres and neighbourhoods where church bells mingle with the morning call to prayer.

These nine stories of queer male intimacy brim with secrecy, ecstasy, loneliness and love in their depictions of what it means to be gay in contemporary Nigeria.

The MonkThe Monk by Tim Sullivan (ARC, Head of Zeus)

To find a murderer, you need a motive . . .

DS George Cross has always wondered why his mother left him when he was a child. Now she is back in his life, he suddenly has answers. But this unexpected reunion is not anything he’s used to dealing with. When a disturbing case lands on his desk, he is almost thankful for the return to normality.

The body of a monk is found savagely beaten to death in a woodland near Bristol. Nothing is known about Brother Dominic’s past, which makes investigating difficult. How can Cross unpick a crime when they don’t know anything about the victim? And why would someone want to harm a monk?

Discovering who Brother Dominic once was only makes the picture more puzzling. He was a much-loved and respected friend, brother, son – he had no enemies. Or, at least, none that are obvious. But looking into his past reveals that he was a very wealthy man, that he sacrificed it all for his faith. For a man who has nothing, it seems strange that greed could be the motive for his murder. But greed is a sin after all…

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Book Review: The Romantic by William Boyd 
  • Book Review: Old God’s Time by Sebastian Barry
  • Book Review: The Settlement by Jock Serong
  • Book Review: Birthright by Charles Lambert


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