November was a bumper reading month for me, reading 13 books. I think I read more books than I usually do because I didn’t pause between some of them to write about each one – I still have 4 reviews to write. Two are library books, one is from my TBR shelves and the rest are all newly published books – eight of those are review books! The books shown in bold are all five star books.
These are the books I’ve reviewed:
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- Highlanders’ Revenge by Paul Tors (RB) – this combines historical fiction and military history, set in the Second World War.
- Landscapes: John Berger on Art, edited by Tom Overton (RB) – a collection of essays by art critic, novelist, poet, and artist John Berger written over the past 60 plus years. There is very little in this book about landscapes as I know them!
- Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills (RB) – historical fiction set in 1937 in pre-Second World War Europe, with a fast-moving plot.
- The Malice of Waves by Mark Douglas-Hume (LB) – crime fiction, an engrossing mystery, but also a study of the sea, of birds’ eggs, of obsessions and of the way people cope, or don’t cope with grief.
- Sweet William by Beryl Bainbridge (RB) – ‘romantic comedy meets social satire in this delirious novel about sexual freedom versus British tradition in swinging 1960s London’.
- The Spy by Paulo Coelho (RB) – a fictionalised biography of Mata Hari, accused of being a double agent during the First World War.
- To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey (RB) – a novel inspired by a historical military expedition in Alaska, narrated through the journals of Allen Forrester, and the diaries of his wife, Sophie.
- His Name was David Freeman by Ruth Kipnis (RB) – a novel based on the author’s research into her family history, mirroring the stories of so many impoverished and poorly educated farmers who emigrated to America from the Ukraine in the late 1880s.
- A Life Like Other People’s by Alan Bennett (LB) – non fiction, Alan Bennett’s memoir in which he recalls his childhood and writes about his family.
These are the books I have yet to review:
I hope to get round to writing the outstanding posts quite soon!
- Mystery in the Channel by Freeman Wills Croft (RB) – a British Library Crime Classic in which two men are found dead on an abandoned yacht.
- Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin – crime fiction, the latest Rebus, with Siobhan Clarke, Darryl Christie, Malcolm Fox and Big Ger Cafferty
- A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson – a beautiful novel about Teddy Todd, a pilot during the Second World War
- Silas Marner by George Eliot (TBR) – a short novel set in the early decades of the nineteenth century in rural England about a weaver wrongly accused of theft.
It is so difficult to pick my Book of the Month, reading 5 Five Star books in one month, but the one that stands out most in my mind, the one that took me by surprise at how much I enjoyed it is –
To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
This is a book full of love, the love of Allen and Sophie and the love of the country, the landscape and its people. A story of great beauty and I loved it.