My Booker Longlist Challenge continues apace (though will spill over into next year’s Cannonball). This is the 2nd shortest entry of the longlisted books, an unusually narrated story of how a small town in Ireland was affected by the economic downturn. Doesn’t sound great, does it? Well, it is. Full review is on my blog here.
With a book like this, you know what you’re getting. The biggest surprise is probably that with a name like Anton, the author is actually female. It’s fine enough, but you have to have a high tolerance for nasty teenagers to really enjoy this book. The full review is on my blog here
My 2nd oral history of the year, by an author I only discovered because he’s re-reading everything Stephen King ever published. It’s an excellent debut detailing the unravelling of civilisation in the wake of a mysterious broadcast that not everybody is able to hear. Full review is on my blog here
A “stunning debut” which disappointed me by the bucketload. It aims for social satire, it misses by a huge margin. The full review is on my blog here.
Colm Tóibín gives Mary centre stage for 104 beautiful grief filled pages. Religious or not, this quick but by no means easy read is worth your time. Full review on my blog here.
A delightful and sprawling novel, centring on a handful of residents of one street in London. Engrossing, beautifully paced, just a touch too predictable, the full review is on my blog here.
Hard to believe that a year ago, I couldn’t have picked Ness or his books out of a line up and now I can’t get enough. His latest, a YA novel about a teenager whose suicide does not go according to plan (to say the least) is epically gorgeous and you should all read it. Full review is on my blog here.
The book equivalent of a Chinese takeaway meal. Looks super tasty, but it’s quickly devoured, somehow not as satisfying as you’d hoped and then quickly forgotten. The full review is on my blog here.
Long awaited, hugely anticipated and freaking brilliant. King writes his first ever sequel to a previous standalone with wonderful results. This is the second review of Doctor Sleep on CBR5, after Lady Cordelia’s, but I doubt it will be the last. The full review can be found on my blog here.
A proper return to form after some lacklustre efforts, this is the very definition of gripping and unputdownable. The full review of what could be dismissed as Rear Window for the digital age, but is much more, can be found here.