Read: The Priory by Dorothy Whipple ★★★★☆ I can’t imagine that this novel would get through a writers workshop or past a publisher today. Several story arcs weave, some slip away. Lovey clear writing, some nice nature and a rather comfortable happy ending. 📚
Read All Among The Barley by Melissa Harrison 📚 ★★★★☆
Thoroughly enjoyed. Some lovely writing. Perhaps too many themes pulled in at the end.
Read So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley – Roger Steffens 📚★★★☆☆
Read: Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo: Barry is a hoot, an unreliable entertaining narrator whose flaws slowly appear. Serious points nicely framed in fun. ★★★★★ 📚
Read Trick by Domenico Starnone, trans. Jhumpa Lahiri. Good fun. I think I need to read The Jolly Corner and then re-read the appendix to fully ‘get” this. 📚 ★★★★☆
Read They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple
Published in 1944 a story of three middle class sisters their lives, marriages and children. I doubt it would get past a publisher today, but I loved this. ★★★★★ 📚
Read: Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss 📚 ★★★★☆ Short read. Some nice nature writing contrasts the unpleasant abusive father.
Read: Dirt Music by Tim Winton ★★★★☆
I’ve started this one a few times, but finally go the groove after hearing Tim Winton on a podcast. Enjoyed it. Quite preposterous ending. 📚
Read:The Galton Case by Ross Macdonald ★★★☆☆
I’m occasionally re-reading Ross Macdonald after a 40 odd year break. Effective, entertaining, Chandler style detective. 📚
Read The International by Glenn Patterson ★★★★✩ Enjoyable dive into a Belfast pub on the eve of the troubles.