WWW Wednesday: 5 June 2019


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?

Currently reading: I’m still making slow progress with reading  D H Lawrence: the Life of an Outsider by John Worthen,  but I’ve almost finished Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck. So, I’ve started to read Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop, one of the books on my 20 Books of Summer list.

Those Who Are Loved is historical fiction, set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars. I know very little about Greece during the Second World War so I’m finding it very interesting, but it is very slow going. It begins as Themis remembers her life and the conflicts within her family as well as their experience of the war.

I’ve recently finished The Ruin by Dervla Mactiernan and will be writing more about it in a later post.



It’s been twenty years since Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling Georgian home. But he’s never forgotten the two children she left behind…

When Aisling Conroy’s boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget – until Jack’s sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it.

DI Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of an ‘accidental’ overdose twenty years ago – of Jack and Maude’s drug- and alcohol-addled mother. Cormac is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers a piece of evidence that will change everything…

My next book could be:

I think, but I could always change my mind, it’ll be Anything You Do Say by Gillian Mcallister, another book that is on my 20 Books of Summer list.

Anything you do say


Joanna is an avoider. So far she has spent her adult life hiding bank statements and changing career aspirations weekly.

But then one night Joanna hears footsteps on the way home. Is she being followed? She is sure it’s him; the man from the bar who wouldn’t leave her alone. Hearing the steps speed up Joanna turns and pushes with all of her might, sending her pursuer tumbling down the steps and lying motionless on the floor.

Now Joanna has to do the thing she hates most – make a decision. Fight or flight? Truth or lie? Right or wrong?

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

16 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 5 June 2019

    1. Those Who Are Loved combines the story of Themis and her family as they lived through the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship. It has a great sense of location and as far as I can tell, knowing next to nothing about the history, it’s well researched.

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    1. Although I found The Ruin a bit confusing at first as I sorted out who was who and think the plot is very convoluted, overall I enjoyed it and hope to read the next book.


  1. I’m especially interested in what you think of The Ruin, Margaret. I keep hearing about it, and the premise sounds fascinating. I’m also curious what you think of Sweet Thursday I like Steinbeck’s writing, so I really hope you’ve been enjoying it.

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  2. Those Who Are Loved sounds great, I really did enjoy The Island by this author which I read after a visit to Crete. I have a copy of The Ruin which I’m keen to read and was going to put on my 20 books of summer but didn’t in the end. Gillian McAllister has positioned herself as one of my ‘must-read’ authors so I do hope you enjoy Anything You Do Say.

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    1. I’ve had The Island for a few years now – I’ve put it on my 20 books of summer list, so I’m hoping to read it soon. I really enjoyed her book, The Sunrise set in Cyprus in the 1970s, also a detailed and well researched book. Gillian McAllister is also one of my ‘must-read’ authors 🙂

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