Read: A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry ★★★☆☆
This was good fun but I think I prefer his less eventful books such as Annie Dunn.

Read: Nightingale by Marina Kemp ★★★★☆
I enjoyed this, absorbing description of seasons in France, reviling characters and story slowly. Slight fall away at the end.

Read: The Fifth Book Of Peace by Maxine Hong Kingston ★★★☆☆ I didn’t really enjoy the middle section set in Hawaii, but the last about working with Vietnam veterans was interesting and absorbing.

Replied to Professor Ian Donald on Twitter (Twitter)

“8. Schools: Kids generally won’t get very ill, so the govt can use them as a tool to infect others when you want to increase infection. When you need to slow infection, that tap can be turned off – at that point they close the schools. Politically risky for them to say this.”

Really interesting thread about the uk Coronavirus strategy from Professor Ian Donald comes with disclaimer.

Roughly the government want to control the spread of the virus letting the less vulnerable catch it and gain immunity while protecting the more vulnerable.

Schools: Kids generally won’t get very ill, so the govt can use them as a tool to infect others when you want to increase infection. When you need to slow infection, that tap can be turned off – at that point they close the schools. Politically risky for them to say this. link

Does this throw older and vulnerable school staff under the bus? Asking for a friend.

Read: Middle England by Johnathan Coe ★★★★☆ Almost like a series of sketches played very much to my liberal values. Enjoyable rather than thought provoking.