Library Loans

These are just some of the books I’ve recently borrowed from the library:

Library bks April 2019

  • The Broken Mirror by Jonathan Coe, Illustrations by Chiara Coccorese. This little book looked a bit out of place on the adult fiction shelves so I picked it up and the blurb on the back cover made me even more curious – ‘a political parable for children, a contemporary fairy tale for adults, and a fable for all ages.’ It shouldn’t take me long to read – 81 pages, including the illustrations – so I hope to write more about it soon.
  • The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida with an introduction by David Mitchell. Naoki was only thirteen when he wrote this book. I’m sure I’ve read about this book somewhere, but I can’t think where or in what context, but I think that was why this book caught my eye.
  • After the Party by Cressida Connolly, historical fiction as Phyllis looks back at her life during World War Two. This is a book several bloggers have written about and I thought I’d like to read it. It’s on this year’s shortlist for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction along with A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey,  The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey and Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller. I’ve read the last two and enjoyed them both.
  • Faithful Place by Tana French. I couldn’t come away from the library without a crime fiction novel – this is the third  book in the Dublin Murder Squad series. It’s a psychological mystery focusing on the police force set in present day Dublin.

5 thoughts on “Library Loans”

  1. Excellent haul. I read one Tana French and no more so at some stage I must return to her as I know she’s an excellent writer. One of her books would do for my European challenge too.

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  2. I think Faithful Place is the best of French’s novels and I really enjoyed After the Party so I think you’re in for a very good read. I haven’t come across that particular Jonathan Coe. I recently discovered that a friend who has been coming to my Shakespeare classes for the past couple of years is his mother. (The name should have been a clue!) as you might imagine, she is inordinately proud of him and I am now trying to work my way through his novels. I must look out for this.

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  3. I look forward to hearing more about these, Margaret, especially After the Party. I’m off to the library thing morning myself to collect two books that are waiting for me. I shall try very hard not to come home with any extras!

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