The Week in Books

Winter has arrived this week. It’s raining as I write this, and according to the weather report it’s going to rain until Wednesday. So into winter mode I go. Hot chocolate and a good book at the ready!

This week’s choice is Hugo Hamilton’s The Speckled People. In one of the finest memoirs to have emerged from Ireland in many years, the acclaimed novelist Hugo Hamilton brings alive his German-Irish childhood in 1950s Dublin. Between his father’s strict Irish nationalism and the softly spoken stories of his mother’s German past, this little boy tells the tale of a whole family’s homesickness for a country, and a language, they can call their own.

I’m into the final few chapters of Go Set a Watchman, which has taken me quite a long time to read. I also need to finish Fight the Good Fight, from vicar’s wife to killing machine which I put to one side as soon as I bought Harper Lee’s novel.

I’ve reserved a place on the Open University’s module on the nineteenth century novel. The reading list looks fantastic but it’s huge. I will be making a start on Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.

19th century novel books

The 19th Century Novel reading list

I love reading short stories, so I’ve decided to set myself a challenge of reading one short story a day. I will be dipping in and out of various short story collections and anthologies, reading contemporary and the classics, and I’m very much looking forward to getting started. I will publish the choice of story daily on my blog.

As always, I’d love to hear your choices for the week ahead.

Happy reading!

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