Reading This Week

My wildly over-optimistic reading plan for this week involves five books.

My bedtime book is Anna Freeman’s brilliant romp through the brothels and prize-fights of Georgian England, A Fair Fight. This book is on The Green Carnation Prize longlist (more of which to come), and conveniently, was also on my shelves waiting to be read. I’m a hundred pages in and I am truly hooked. It’s told from the various perspectives of three main characters; so far I’ve encountered two voices, and I’m eager for the third.

I’m also reading Karen Maitland’s new novel The Vanishing Witch. It’s set around the time of the Peasant’s Revolt (1381). The late fourteenth century is a fascinating in English (and European) history, and I’m devouring the pages. There’s a lot of murky weather in it, which suited this morning’s train ride perfectly.

I need to read Murder Underground by Mavis Doriel Hay for Book Club on Friday night. It’s Golden Age crime, and looks good. Not that I’ve started it yet. But I will. Soon.

I’d also like to at least start The Courage of Cowards by Karyn Burnham. This will be my one non-fiction First World War read this year.

And to round things off, I am going to read by The Something Rebecca Cobb. I bought this at the weekend because I love Rebecca’s illustrations and, like The Wonder, it has bundles of imagination.

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