Read The International by Glenn Patterson ★★★★✩ Enjoyable dive into a Belfast pub on the eve of the troubles.
The Circle by Dave Eggers 📚 ★★★☆☆ A quick read.
Read NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently by Steve Silberman
I was, for some reason expecting more about ‘long sought solutions to the autism puzzle’ from the blurb. This was more of a history lesson. Easy to read in a Sunday supplement sort of way.
The last couple of chapters were the most rewarding in helping to think about autism a little bit smarter. 📚 ★★★★☆
Read, and like a lot, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders ★★★★★
📚 Read Warlight by Michael Ondaatje, enjoyable, opaque and wandering story told in fragments.
Read Ties by Domenico Starnone, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri 📚
Very enjoyable, funny, several view points & a nice twist. If I had read the preface before I started I would not have bought, it was referring to a more intellectual book altogether!
📚 Bee Quest by Dave Goulson. I think I need to backtrack on the author to get some basic bee knowledge. Sometimes fascinating, sometimes depressing. The chapters marginal land in London and the re-wilding of Knepp Castle were my favourites.
📚 Circe by Madeline Miller ★★★★★ A wonderful read. Best thing I’ve read for a long time.
📚 The Little Red Chairs – Edna O’Brien Not sure this really worked for me. Felt like half a novel and then several short linked pieces. The violence was brutal. Maybe the unexplained and spaces helped but I thought there was something missing. ★★★
Just finished Black Money by Ross MacDonald. Effective twisting Chandler-like crime from the 60s. I must have read it first as a teen in the 70s and enjoyed it again despite the odd grate against modern sensibilities. 📚 ★★★