Charl08 reads the year through
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Hi, I'm Charlotte and I'm looking forward to another year of reading in the group.
I tend to read a lot of fiction, but throw in poetry, history, biographies and can be persuaded by a good review. I'm keen to try new authors, enjoy using my local library and like to keep an eye on my stats. I do love a bookshop and have plenty of books on the shelves to get to!
What's not to love about northern England?
Books read in 2020
(In a new move, I'm keeping an excel spreadsheet with the stats in: not entirely sure how that's going to work with this update post)
January 15 (January 2019: 23)
The German Room
The Giver of Stars
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the last trial of Harper Lee
Asterix and the Chieftain's Daughter
Forever and a Duke
Blood & Sugar
Marriage on Madison Avenue
Rock, Paper, Scissors and other stories
Between the world and me
Where the authors come from:
Create Your Own Visited Countries Map
(Thanks to Paul S for this)
Books to read from the shelves...
From top left:
The Ungrateful Refugee (from a reading)
Close to the Knives (from the shop linked to the Keith Haring exhibit)
Rock Paper Scissors Reading in translation
The Slynx Reading in translation
My Antonia (I've still not read it. I feel left out)
Nada (Fiction in translation)
An Imperfect Blessing SA fiction
Our Endless Numbered Days One I've had on the wishlist for a while
Age of Iron SA fiction
Bird By Bird I've started, so I really should finish...
John Clare: faber A gorgeous new edition of the poet.
Lifting the Veil
Words will break cement
Balthasar's Odyssey Bought in the gorgeous mill at Saltaire. Referenced repeatedly in a book about Turkey.
The Beautiful Summer Fiction in translation.
The Gypsy Goddess She spoke at the same venue as Nayeri - very compelling.
House of Stone Picked up in Edinburgh, I think.
Respectable Heard her speak at work - she's impressive.
Why this world Fascinating writer, but I've still not picked up this biography.
Travels with my Aunt A beautiful orange penguin, a sad hole in my reading.
Sunburn I read a Lippman earlier in the year, mixed feelings, but have been assured her others vary, so thought I'd try this one when I saw it for A Reasonable second hand price.
The East Edge By a small press.
In Dependence One I wanted to find from when I read the list of 50 African women writers.
The Devil's Dance The first book of fiction to be translated from the Uzbek.
Whatever Happened to Harold Absalom
Insurgent Empire clearly a little light reading (!)
Found you! Happy New Year. I look forward to another year of following your read and adding to my already HUGE TBR pile.
Another resolution is to keep up in 2020 with all my friends on LT. Happy New Year!
>5 BLBera: Hi Beth! Thanks for finding me.
>6 banjo123: Thanks Rhonda. I need to find your thread, I think. The busy-ness of this time of year makes me lose track.
>7 PaulCranswick: Thanks, again!
>8 CDVicarage: Thanks Kerry. There's going to be Lots in February as I'm visiting the African penguins again!
Happy New Year Charlotte. Hoping to be more active on LT now that 2019, my “annus horriblis” (or whatever the Queen called her bad year) is over. I’ll still pop up on Litsy though, because it’s the only place I know how to post pictures.
Anyone fancy a book event in 2020?
(Noirwich is tempting me, if only for the pun-tastic title)
End of Year Meme (this one lifted from Carrie's thread)
Describe yourself: A Crisis of Brilliance (Ha!)
Describe how you feel: The Patient Assassin
Describe where you currently live: We Have Always Been Here
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Another Planet
Your favorite form of transportation: Blue Horses
Your best friend is: Good Talk
You and your friends are: Still Waters
What’s the weather like: England: poems from a school
You fear: Normal People
What is the best advice you have to give: Behold, America
Thought for the day: Hiding in Plain Sight
How you would like to die: Sweet Home
Your soul’s present condition: Riot Days
Your favorite time of day is: The Second Sleep
What is life for you: Running the Books
Starred, of course. And my favorites from your memes are:
Describe yourself: A Crisis of Brilliance and You fear: Normal People--good ones!
And Happy New Thread, Charlotte! Looking forward to spending another bookish year with you!
Happy 2020, Charlotte! I wish you all the best and lots and lots of good reads.
>29 charl08: Grrrr to mean people shouting at you.
Noirwich does sound like a great title. I'd like to get back to Harrogate this year (the crime festival in July), as I went nearly every year up to 2015, but I need to earn some money before I can even think of spending it, particularly if it involves the costs of going away from home, and I might be better off emotionnally going to a completely different "thing" in a different place. I do have financial safety nets but because they are just that I don't want to damage them by, for example, dipping into my savings for fripperies. Do please let me know if there's something in London you think you might come down to.
Thanks Katie, I have enjoyed seeing how everyone has used their reading to fit.
Now reading The German Room, which despite the title is Argentinian.
(And which the touchstones don't like)
>31 elkiedee: These things can get expensive, I do tend to wish I could go rather than actually travel. I also got a bit annoyed by the Chelsea tractor types who seemed to colonise Hay and Edinburgh festivals, very loudly and with the expectation that what they wanted was what everyone else should want.
Feel like it should be possible to go to a book festival without paying a fortune.
>33 cbl_tn: Thanks Carrie. The campaign for better naps starts here
>34 ronincats: Thanks Roni!
>35 Copperskye: It's one of the beaches cared for by the National Trust, and whilst it gets very busy in the summer with a sunny day, I love it best on a winter one when there is almost no one there. Yesterday was not one of those days, but there were some lovely dogs!
This popped up on my kindle as if unbidden, so I think someone on Litsy recommended it. Cute idea to match someone who lives for letters with someone falling out of love with numbers (and the city). I can't say I know New York to know if the geography works, but the wider characters were fun too.
The German Room
This English translation of an Argentinian novel is published by a small Edinburgh press.
It is rather odd. The first person narrator runs away from a breakup in Buenos Aires and goes to Heidelberg where she spent time as a child. She stays at a student hostel (despite not being a student) and meets a young man also from Argentina who is desperate to speak to someone from his own country. But it is a short friendship with a suicidal Japanese girl which skews her stay.
She also finds she can't leave her relationship behind, and one of her parents' friends appears to remind her of the reasons their stay was less than happy.
The back blurb talks of the work of Ferrente, and claims it is for anyone who has ever dreamed of running away. I'm not convinced.
Now reading Dreyer's English which is funnier than any book on copy editing and style has a right to be.
I recently heard about Love Lettering and immediately added my name to the library queue :)
>39 katiekrug: Thinking back on it there was a lot of (spoilery) stuff going on, but unlike another novel I've read recently, it was well paced.
>40 EBT1002: It's making me laugh, Ellen. Also making me break my own rules on writing in books.
>41 Helenliz: I was thinking it was noir in the widest sense (ie crime) but I should probably check the organisers are also going with this interpretation.
Thanks for finding me!
Hi Charlotte! Could you send me the membership form for the Better Naps Campaign? Because I feel I should be a founder member, and certainly a lifetime member ;-)
Dreyer's English was hiding from me at Waterstone's yesterday - I might have to click and collect it, and then they will have to find it.
Love Lettering is 99p for Kindle so...um, yeah. But at least I can blame you. And Katie :-)
Found you! Dropping a star and wishing you a happy new year, decade and thread!
Did I say happy new year on your other thread? If not, happy new year! :)
I liked this - three issues of a French comic/ GN about Maggy Garrisson, a young woman in London desperate for work. She ends up working for a PI who doesn't have much for her to do - so she takes the initiative, first with a lost budgie but rapidly increasing in seriousness. Lines are blurred and those who appear to be on the "right" side might not be, but Maggy is just getting by, getting through. The third issue leaves ends open, so hopefully there are more to come.
I thought LT members would identify with the bookseller's comment on working in a bookshop! (Maggy is undercover)
Hi Charlotte, just found you today and wishing you a Happy New Year and year of great reading
I've gone back to The Giver of Stars which has such nice characters I was a bit worried about them all.
At one point the characters discuss Hardy, which made me laugh as one of them has the same view as me (the poor women!).
>60 charl08: Sounds interesting. My library has got an audio of it. I put it on my list.
Happy Sunday, Charlotte.
Happy Sunday, Charlotte. I hope you are having a good weekend. Thanks for the rec on Maggie Garrisson. i have requested it from the library. I have never read Moyes and I have seen this author around for years.
Thanks Mark. I am! I read a really good book. Yesterday went for a walk and we saw two birds of prey wheeling above us, and then found a new pub with a roaring open fire. Lovely.
Tried to have a bit of a clear out. I think I have identified 6 books I am happy to donate to the local charity shop. Have also updated my TBR next list (up at >4 charl08:).
Finally getting around to making rounds and dropping stars! Happy 2020 reading!
Hi Charlotte, stopping by with rather belated Happy New Years greetings. The group is just crazy with thread activity!
>64 charl08: - Sounds like a great walk (and a great location to end your walk)!
>65 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Mark said you had recommended it. You are in good company as it made the Guardian best of list for 2019. I liked the tone and the character, so fingers crossed for more. I was intrigued that two French authors would opt to set the story in London.
>66 thornton37814: And to you! Thanks for the visit.
>67 lkernagh: It is crazy, and I'm feeling like I'm very behind. I know everyone is very forgiving here though, fortunately.
>68 weird_O: Hi Bill. I took some inspiration from your enormous pile of books, and added my own at >4 charl08:
I'm going to keep an eye out for some Maggy Garrisson. I had not heard of this series.
Happy New Year, Charlotte! I look forward to your thoughts about Furious Hours, which is one of the 20 nonfiction books I intend to read this year.
Why aren't the library books in >4 charl08:?! Just kidding. Happy New Year, Charlotte! Looking forward to following your reading adventures again.
The Giver of Stars
I really loved this book - set in 1930s Kentucky (but by a British author) full of descriptions of beautiful country and hard lives. Alice marries into a mining family and moves from England to find she can't cope in small town life. A new library project, to bring books to rural homes, is a lifeline. She meets the unconventional Margery, who is running the project, and new possibilities open up. The friendships between the women and the pressure of the small town are really well done. So much so, I was invested in the characters and was scared Bad Things were going to happen (Hello, Catalog of Birds).
Of course, being a book about books, there are lots of references to authors and reading, and I liked the practical use of a copy of Little Women (not a spoiler - it's in the first chapter).
Thanks to Jenn (nittnut) who recommended this!
Another great read - but rather different from Jo Jo Moyes!
Cep traces the case of Rev Maxwell in small town Alabama, who took out insurance policies on many members of his family. They then proceeded to have mysterious accidents, enabling him to claim thousands of $$$ from the insurance companies. Harper Lee heard about the case and spent many years trying to write her own true crime book, in part, reacting against Truman Capote's fictionalisation of true crime in In Cold Blood (which of course, she had also worked on).
Stacks of fascinating detail, from Alabama small town politics to the roots of 'voodoo', and a picture of Harper Lee that will stick with me, I think. (I hope.) Marching to her own drum, kind, suffering, but with a close and loving family who cared deeply about her. Cep shows Lee was ultimately able to accept that she wasn't going to finish another book, but that 'that bird' was an impressive achievement.
I loved the accounts of Lee's bookish links and interests.
For a woman of her means, that apartment was spartan, except for the Bodleian Library she had managed to squeeze inside it....
>78 charl08: I was thinking of grabbing that one. I really enjoyed her Me Before You series.
Happy New Year, and happy reading :)
>16 charl08: I love these. Stand by for my version...
>87 LovingLit: Hello Megan!
I was hoping you meant the shelf pic, but I will totally take a meme.
"The house was feeling its age and when the wind blew from a certain quarter the only way to keep warm in some of the rooms, like here in the sitting room, was to wrap yourself in a thick blanket, as she had done now. The blanket kept her body snug, but her hands, sticking out from under it, were so chilly that it was hard to turn the pages. Still, she put up with it. Reading gave her greater pleasure than anything else she knew. A good book could transport her far, far away, to a different world, another country, another culture, where the climate was warmer and life was easier."
Traumatic events referred to in previous books in the series (this is book 3) are in sharp focus here. In one storyline a couple in a claustrophobic, isolated farmhouse are snowed in as a stranger arrives on their doorstep. Erla would rather be in Reykjavik, but her husband won’t leave the family land. Living on the outskirts of Reykjavik, Hulda can’t understand what’s wrong with her teenage daughter, who seems to be beyond depression. She’s working so hard to combat the entrenched sexism of the police force, it’s impossible to get enough time off to find out what’s wrong. She also feels responsible for failing to solve the case of a young woman who went missing whilst backpacking on a ‘year off’. A dark read.
>89 charl08: Charlotte, who's the author of that series - the touchstone goes to Stephen King, which I am guessing is not the correct one?
>92 charl08: No worries, Charlotte. I was just curious, and I didn't even think to check the top of the thread. I have read the first two books in that author's other series, so I might give this one a go. Starting with the first book, of course. (looks around for Susan)
>93 Crazymamie: Yup, order is Most Important, Mamie. Checks will be carried out...
Readers of The Guernsey Potato Peel Pie Society may be interested to see these records - newly released by Jersey archives - of Nazi occupation- includes records of protestors as young as 15.
Finally found you!
Dropping my star. I look forward to following your reading
Thanks! Happy new year! I am still in the process of getting around the threads - nudges from others welcome!
Hi Charlotte! Glad you seem to be enjoying your reads so far this year.
>97 The_Hibernator: I am so far, Rachel. I have not forgotten New Jim crow though. Must get back to it. Hope your new book groups are not proving too onerous.
Bit of a rubbish day: felt like putting my hands in the air at one point and just walking out. But came home to book mail, and there was a new Asterix (involving a non stereotypical female character) waiting for me on the reservation shelf* AND a GN I didn't even have to order on the new books shelf.
* At the library. Not got one at home (yet?)
>98 charl08: Lol! So far the book groups are going ok, because we haven't had a meeting yet. I really hope the kids enjoy them.
>98 charl08: Glad book mail arrived to perk you up Charlotte. Mine arrived today too. Looks interesting. Still have 2 of last years to read though, oops.
Hi Charlotte! Just thought I should, um, drop in. For some reason. (Oh, hi Mamie!)
I think you should definitely get a reservation shelf at home. I mean, you already get handwritten mail from publishers :-)
Sorry about the hands in the air moment. I've been admiring the way the Sussexes quit, without even telling anyone beforehand. Just a press release, which for normal people would be a one-liner to HR. Tempting.
>98 charl08: *SNAP* I've got one of those. Must try and, you know, actually read it...
>99 The_Hibernator: Ah, I see. Fingers crossed then.
>100 Caroline_McElwee: They're pretty short, another factor in their favour!
>101 susanj67: I was surprised at that too. I'm guessing they've got a super keen intern... I'm hoping it's "just" the January blues, and a holiday will sort things out. I cannot believe how much coverage H & M are getting give the international crazy going on.
>102 Helenliz: I've not liked all the ones I've read, but there's such a range they're always interesting reads.
Asterix and the Chieftain's Daughter
I picked this up after a mention on Litsy as an attempt by new writers to redress some of the gender inbalances (which, as usual with me, I read about and realised I had been completely oblivious to as a kid, along with the other stereotypes which are equally dodgy: bit scary, hope things have now improved a bit). Although there is a central (teen) character who is female, the authors haven't really pushed things very far (the village protagonists are all almost entirely male, even the new 'young' characters). She's also written out by the end of the book!
Seemingly, it's a jump too far to have a female apprentice, but not to have a magic potion that makes everyone super strong...
Forever and a Duke
I like Burrowes' writing, and the non-romance theme (tracking fraud through account books) was oddly compelling. (Series alert: #3)
Now reading Blood & Sugar (Susan's Fault). It has a very bloody murder to start and is gripping so far.
I returned the coin to my pocket, feeling faintly ashamed. `Then talk to me because you want to. Archer was killed because At he came here to help your people.'
Gripping novel set in the last decades of the (British) slave trade. A veteran of the American war, Captain Corsham is asked to find out what has happened to an estranged friend, a fierce abolitionist, who has disappeared in Deptford. He had told his sister he was after evidence that would end the entire trade. London and the ports along the Thanes are a gritty, smelly and murky world here, full of corruption and misdirection. The grime reminded me of another gripping historical crime novel, where the author avoided averting their eyes from grim reality, The Wolf and the Watchman.
>105 charl08: Yay! Glad you like it :-) Also glad I've already read it, so I don't have to add it to my wishlist :-)
>107 susanj67: It is always handy, Susan, to read a review with no anticipation of an additional book for the stack.
Walked into town to find my chemist closes early on Saturday. That's helpful. Bought
I've heard enough good things about Blood & Sugar here on LT, that I've already got a copy waiting for me to read it.
>109 RidgewayGirl: I was in the local bookshop this afternoon, and saw it was now available in paperback too. Tempting.
>112 charl08: Also made me smile despite the flu. But surely we can have both!
Have a lovely weekend, Charlotte.
>112 charl08: I also love the cartoon :-)
Happy Sunday, Charlotte. We have some blue in the sky down here, which is excellent.
>119 susanj67: Argh, phone died in the middle of the message and I couldn't find the charger. Rather grey here, which matched my mood perfectly. On the plus side, another couple of days knocked off the calendar until holidays. Woo!
>120 Ameise1: It seems to have clicked here, rather!
>121 Caroline_McElwee: I am reminded I want to read more of his books.
>122 msf59: It was very well done, Mark. I hope she's got more to come.
As for the Soviet stories - it's bleak - and I initially wondered when it was set because it felt as though it could be fifty years old.
Rather dark, tricksy and with a definite nod to 1950s PI Hollywood films. A woman leaves her husband and child in the middle of a beach holiday: a PI is assigned to follow her. She's seductive, able to twist men around her finger (again, Chandler) but nothing is quite as it seems. She takes a job as a waitress in a small town bar and seems to settle. Why is she staying?
>132 charl08: - I liked that one when I read it a couple of years ago. I'm not usually into noir, but it was kind of noir-lite, I guess...
>135 katiekrug: I got about half way through, Katie, and wasn't sure if I'd finish it, as all the characters were rather seedy and I couldn't work out where it was going. I carried on because I really wanted to get it off my shelf, and I think it rewarded the effort. I do prefer the detective led ones though.
>138 charl08: You are doing better than me, Charlotte, all books I have read this year were from the library. So are the ones I am reading now.
>139 FAMeulstee: I think you have some time to turn it around in 2020, Anita 😁
>140 susanj67: It's Such a Brick, Susan. #ambitionvsreality I might take it on holiday. And maybe be "forced" to leave it there, where I can no longer feel guilty about it...
>141 Carmenere: Ooh. Will be interested to hear the comments. Although I reserve the right to have completely forgotten the plot by March.
Still reading Rock, Paper, Scissors
In the evening I had a thought: What if they'd killed my Alexander Ivanovich? And why not? The fat man and his ma had that look about them: practical. And the last name fit too: the Krutovs—hard-boiled. They killed him, hid the body or buried it somewhere, and now they've got the use of his room.
Rock, Paper, Scissors
These grew on me, to the point where I am wondering whether I want to get rid of it or not (especially as it appears it was new, not a bargain second hand copy as I first thought!) Osipov is a Russian doctor and many of the stories here have links to hospitals. They're not particularly welcoming places, or even functioning as institutions. One doctor makes a living escorting patients to the US once a month, another tries to keep a patient going to fiddle the stats. Outside of medicine communities aren't much healthier: the rural police have different rules for the elite, minority communities are treated as an expendable workforce and the elderly cling on with their fingernails. Even the oligarchs struggle (with romance), it seems. Migration and emigration are considered, dismissed, chosen or resorted to.
Everyone is adjusting to post communist life (or not).
Now reading Love is Blind - which was originally an ARC - not so much of the 'A' anymore (it came out May 2019). Better late than never?
Then he sat down and played a few chords, listening to the Channon’s particular voice. Big and strongly resonant – the precision thinness of the sounding board (made from Scottish spruce) under the strings was the special Channon trademark, its trade secret. A Channon could rival a Steinway or a Bösendorfer when it came to breaking through an orchestra. Where the spruce forests were in Scotland that Channon used, what trees were selected – the straighter the tree, the straighter the grain – and what sawmills prepared the timber, were facts known only to a handful of people in the firm.I did work experience in a music shop as a kid. Lovely range of instruments, but messing around with them was rather interrupted by having to deal with customers.
>145 charl08: I would have thought that work in a music shop would be close to lovely. Probably third behind a great bookshop and a CD/Vinyl store.
>146 PaulCranswick: It wasn't, Paul, although I was delighted when I got it. As a shy (and often overly honest) person, I hated being pushed into trying to do a "hard sell" on rental instruments for parents, and the shop wasn't happy place to be - they went out of business not long after. However, when I talked to the guys who removed plastic labels in HMV for two weeks, I felt lucky. It was years before I went back to work (volunteer) in any sales role - in a charity bookshop and found I loved it - I had a good, supportive manager. I know people bang on about kids being allowed to give up things - but I wish I had been able to say "actually this is rubbish, I'll go work somewhere else".
Mixed feelings about Love is Blind - I'm enjoying the story, but every so often I get jarred by a clanging dump of research that doesn't seem to link particularly. The one I've just come across is a 'new' novel, Dracula...
>149 BLBera: Yup. A little bit.
>150 Caroline_McElwee: I am liking it. Some reservations! >148 charl08:
Just found this list from two weeks ago about new books in 2020. Have ordered three! Would have asked the library for more but the ordering system won't let them do future releases.
>151 charl08: I will have to save that list for later in the year. Some good authors are releasing new ones this year
I already have The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates on hold as it comes out next month.
(I feel a little ignorant as I did not realize that John Irving was still alive and still writing.)
>152 ChelleBearss: I haven't read any Irving, and don't really know who he is, so you're safe as far as I'm concerned.
I finally read Between the World and Me. Beautifully written, but I think I preferred his biography of his relationship with his dad. Loved that he took history so seriously. I like to think I would have got on with him.
(I probably wouldn't have: I would have just been overawed by his dedication)
I had to inhale all the pages. I went into this investigation imagining history to be a unified narrative, free of debate, which, once uncovered, would simply verify everything I had always suspected. The smokescreen would lift. And the villains who ma-nipulated the schools and the streets would be unmasked. But there was so much to know—so much geography to cover—Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, the United States. And all of these areas had histories, sprawling liter-ary canons, fieldwork, ethnographies. Where should I begin? The trouble came almost immediately. I did not find a coherent tradition marching lockstep but instead factions, and factions within factions. Hurston battled Hughes, Du Bois warred with Garvey, Harold Cruse fought everyone. I felt myself at the bridge of a great ship that I could not control because C.L.R. James was a great wave and Basil Davidson was a swirling eddy, tossing me about.
>144 charl08: My strategy when I'm not sure whether to keep a book or not is to put it on the shelf and revisit the question in a few months. By then you'll know.
>154 RidgewayGirl: That makes sense. I'm running out of space though, which is making it a bit of an issue.
>153 charl08: Hi, Charlotte! One of my favorite parts of Between the World and Me was his recollections of having his worldview completely shaken when he went to Howard University. Most if not all the student body was black and yet came from lived experiences that were radically different.
I saw everything I knew of my black self multiplied out into seemingly endless variation. There were the scions of Nigerian aristocrats in their business suits giving dap to bald-headed Qs in purple windbreakers and tan Timbs. There were the high-yellow progeny of AME preachers debating the clerics of Ausar-Set. There were California girls turned Muslim, born anew, in hijab and long skirt. There were Ponzi schemers and Christian cultists, Tabernacle fanatics and mathematical geniuses. It was like listening to a hundred different renditions of “Redemption Song,” each in a different color and key.
>156 RidgewayGirl: I sometimes think we should rename the group a support group!
>157 rosalita: It's beautifully written. I think I found his dad's life more interesting- he refers briefly to his work for the Panthers here, and how his parents chose to educate him, but there's more space in the earlier book. (From my memory of it, at least: it's been a while.)
I've got spreadsheet woes. I'm tracking my books via google sheets this year, and whilst the actual tracking is fine, the things I want to do (count, basically) seem to be a lot less easy to set up than the desktop version.
Hi Charlotte! Returning your visit. I see a few interesting books here ... *ducks and runs away*
>158 charl08: I would very much be willing to support your desire to acquire more books. I'll even help you carry them home!
Now reading Tightrope. It's rattling along but I think I'm not going to read any more war stories for a while.
>167 ChelleBearss: Heard of the films, but that's about it. Sorry?!
Not doing very well on the book buying front. In my defence, it's a very nice shop (as per the tweet below). They had the fire going this PM and I was tempted to sit and stay.
>171 charl08: Southport's tourist heyday....
... may be behind it, but I'd be happy to do a tour.
Interesting stats for your reading so far and I love the vintage Southport poster!
It's part of a series, although sadly they filled in the lido to make a carpark. (Cue Joni Mitchell)
Now reading Late Swim
I accidentally bought a self-published crime novel set in a thinly disguised Southport. Shows I shouldn't be making judgements like that, as it's good. A great premise - a 1970s PI who was thrown off the force for a gay relationship. (It was only decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967.)
>173 charl08: I've had some luck with self-published things before, but I see from Amazon that Phil Booth is a "critically-acclaimed playwright" so he's probably a decent bet :-) As I looked him up I discovered Amazon's book notifications, sitting there for me unread. Oh dear.
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