My Week in Books: 3 December 2017

This Week in Books is a weekly round-up hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found, about what I’ve been reading Now, Then & Next.


A similar meme,  WWW Wednesday is run by Taking on a World of Words.


Victoria: A Life

I’m still reading Victoria: a Life by A N Wilson (I began reading it last October!) and am now in Part 4. At the end of Part 3 Albert had died (14 December 1861). Part 4 begins with the marriage of Bertie and Princess Alexandra of Denmark on 10 March 1862. Victoria was still suffering to cope with Albert’s death but she, along with the general public, adored the princess.

I’m also reading Notes From an Exhibition by Patrick Gale.  I’m really enjoying this book about Rachel, an artist, found dead in her studio – the secrets of her life are slowly revealed as the book moves backwards and forwards in time. I’ve read just over half the book and currently I’m finding out about her life as a teenager.


The last book I finished is Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens. This was my book in the November/December Classics Club Spin and I’ll be writing more about it later on. It is long, starts very slowly and then gets more interesting, with great characters and some comic and satirical episodes. It’s a study of selfishness and hypocrisy.


Turning for Home by Barney Norris, which  will be published on 11 January 2018. It looks as though it will be so good – I hope so.


‘Isn’t the life of any person made up out of the telling of two tales, after all? People live in the space between the realities of their lives and the hopes they have for them. The whole world makes more sense if you remember that everyone has two lives, their real lives and their dreams, both stories only a tape’s breadth apart from each other, impossibly divided, indivisibly close.’

Every year, Robert’s family come together at a rambling old house to celebrate his birthday. Aunts, uncles, distant cousins – it has been a milestone in their lives for decades. But this year Robert doesn’t want to be reminded of what has happened since they last met – and neither, for quite different reasons, does his granddaughter Kate. Neither of them is sure they can face the party. But for both Robert and Kate, it may become the most important gathering of all.

Have you read any of these books?  Do any of them tempt you? 

6 thoughts on “My Week in Books: 3 December 2017

  1. Lots of interesting books this week – I don’t remember reading Martin Chuzzlewit – coincidently I was looking at this book about Victoria earlier this week; it looks comprehensive and I am reading Turning For Home next too!

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  2. Cleo, I don’t think Martin Chuzzlewit is one of Dickens’ best books – but he did! I’m learning a lot from the Victoria biography, not just about her but also about the political scene in Europe during her reign. I’m looking forward to Turning For Home.


  3. Both the Wilson and Gale sound really interesting, Margaret. I’m glad you’ve mentioned them because I’ve been toying with moving them from radar to wish list. Glad you’re having a good reading week.


  4. I love learning about Queen Victoria. She led such a fascinating life, although masked with sadness after the death of her husband.


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