So - back in those heady days when I could get out and about for more than half an hour at a time, I once went along to a festival in Ennis, the book club festival to be precise. I'd won a golden ticket giving me free entry to all events thanks to a piece of writing (we had to write about our imaginary ideal book club) anyway it was a great weekend at the time... One of the events was called 10 books you have to read - and we had two people presenting, so all told got 20 recommendations. I list them below. I'm in the process of making my way through some of them now on kindle - one hand reading is a godsend when you've a hungry baby in the other paw. I'm putting an X against the ones I've already read so if there's any of the others that ye really think I should give a miss to - please let me know...
From Herring Mankel's crime novels I picked a prequel - a collection of short stories, it was funny to find two of the baddies committed suicide at crucial moments to finish off the story, save the hero and solve the crime all in one, so may have been as well off without that one... Anyway - comments welcome, as always, in the comment section. :-)
MarionCoy's List 1. Mark Dote/ Dauchet - Atlantis - poetry book 2. Lorna Sage - Bad Blood - memoir X 3. Pat Barker - Regeneration - story of war hospital in scotland 4. Philip Roth - The Plot against America - Thriller - what if 5. CP Snow - The Masters - 40s/ 50s american science scene. 6. Albert Camus - The Plague - Rats in Algeria X 7. Doris Lessing - The making of the representative for planet 8 - sci fi 8. Hering Mankels - Crime novels set between sweden and africa X 9. Joan Didien - A year of Magical Thinking - story of mourning 10 Raymond Carver - A new path to the waterfall- poetry
Fintan O Tooles Collected poems of johnathon swift Thomas Lynch - the undertaking Wislava Simborsca - polish poetry Primo Levi - The drowned and the saved X Marcel Proust - The prisoner, The fugitive - 2 books Alistir McCloud - No great mischief Jeff Torrington - Swing Hammer Swing - bag of bees imagery Charles Nicol - the reckoning Elizabeth Bishop's poetry.