WWW Wednesday: 3 October 2018


WWW Wednesday is run by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading:

A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale. It’s not a sequel to Notes from an Exhibition, which I loved, but is set in the same area of Cornwall. I’m well into this book now and loving how the story is developing. It’s not a straightforward narrative but moves between the characters showing them at different ages in their lives.

A Perfectly Good Man

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When 20-year-old Lenny Barnes, paralysed in a rugby accident, commits suicide in the presence of Barnaby Johnson, the much-loved priest of a West Cornwall parish, the tragedy’s reverberations open up the fault-lines between Barnaby and his nearest and dearest – the gulfs of unspoken sadness that separate them all. Across this web of relations scuttles Barnaby’s repellent nemesis – a man as wicked as his prey is virtuous. Returning us to the rugged Cornish landscape of ‘Notes from an Exhibition,, Patrick Gale lays bare the lives and the thoughts of a whole community and asks us: what does it mean to be good?

I’m also reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – see yesterday’s post for the opening paragraph and synopsis. And I’ve also started to read 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari, a collection of essays. It’s a new publication (August 2018) one of a few review copies from NetGalley, that I’m behind in reading.

I’ve recently finished:  

Down to the Woods (Helen Grace #8)

Down to the Woods, the 8th DI Helen Grace thriller by M J Arlidge, crime fiction about gruesome murders in the New Forest. See this post for my review – I did want to know the outcome, but I got rather tired of all the violence and chase scenes throughout the book and was relieved to finish it.

My next book could be:

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)In a Dark, Dark Wood

I have all sorts of ideas about which book to read next and as usual am undecided. It could be one of my NetGalley review books such as Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller, historical fiction set in 1809 in England, Scotland and Spain. It  looks very good.

Or it could be one of my TBRs that I featured in my Monday post. I’m leaning towards Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, Book One of the Farseer Trilogy – several people commented on how much they enjoyed it.

Or one of the books I’ve borrowed from the library – In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. I’ve renewed this book a few times and will have to return it soon. It’s crime fiction – a weekend hen party in a remote cottage (actually a glass house) that goes from bad to worse and someone is killed.

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

9 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 3 October 2018

  1. I’ll be interested in what you think of the Ware, Margaret, if you read that one. In my opinion, it has a real sense of psychological suspense about it. I thought it worked well on that score.


  2. I off to Cornwall for a few days soon and have been noting down books set in Cornwall to either read or blog about while I’m there so I’ve added the two Patrick Gale books to my list. I haven’t read Andrew Miller’s book but I was at Henley Literary Festival on Monday at an event with Diane Setterfield, author of The Thirteenth Tale, and she recommended Miller’s book.

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2018/10/03/www-wednesdays-3rd-october-18/


  3. I haven’t read any of them, but have seen glowing reviews for the Andrew Miller, so will be trying to fit it in sometime. But the Ruth Ware tempts me too since I loved her more recent one, The Death of Mrs Westaway.


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