I really, really don’t need any more books. I currently have 126 books to be read, hidden round the house but that doesn’t stop me buying more. About half of them are second hand so that helps to allay some of the guilt and this little lot were second hand too, from the Cancer Research shop. Therefore, no guilt felt!
From top to bottom:
The Idea of Perfection – Kate Grenville. A book which I have looked at many times over the years, it is the funny and touching tale of two unlikely people falling in love. Kate Grenville won the Orange Prize for Fiction (now called the Women’s Prize for Fiction) in 2005 with this novel.
Bilgewater – Jane Gardam. Last year my book group read Old Filth by Jane Gardam and although I did enjoy it, I didn’t feel the desire to read any more by her. So I’m not sure why I bought this. Actually I do know, it was two books for £1 so I thought, how bad can it be? Apparently it is, ‘[o]ne of the funniest, most entertaining, most unusual stories about young love.’ (Courtesy of the Evening Standard) Mmmh still not sure, maybe I should have got The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf which was on the shelf beside it, or maybe you’ve read this and can recommend it.
The Guardian Review – Book of Short Stories. A slim book of only 125 pages but it has short stories from Margaret Atwood, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Rose Tremain, Rachel Cusk, Hisham Matar, Audrey Niffenegger and more. This has the potential to be a great little find.
Cambridge – Caryl Phillips. The blurb – ‘In Cambridge Caryl Phillips explores the feelings of uncertainty that defined the period of time between the abolition of the slave trade and the emancipation of the slaves. It is the powerful and haunting story of Emily Cartwright, a young Englishwoman sent to visit her father’s plantation in the West Indies, and of Cambridge, the plantation slave struggling to maintain his dignity in a transient world.’
In September, I will return to University for the final year of my Masters degree and the module I will be studying then is US Culture and #Blacklivesmatter. Cambridge sounds like it will be excellent further reading for part of this module and really interesting.