The books on my wish list are multiplying like rabbits with nothing better to do, so before they escape me, here they are noted down. Just so I don’t forget and in case anyone wants to give me a non-birthday related, summer-celebrating present. (I live in hope.)
Without further ado, I give you The Summer Wish List:
1. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas. From the Amazon product description: ‘At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own…The reverberations call into question the relationships between all those who witness it. At a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly 3-year-old boy. The boy is not his son. It is a single act of violence, but this one slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen. In his controversial, award-winning novel, Christos Tsiolkas presents an apparently harmless domestic incident as seen from eight very different perspectives.’
2. The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton. From Rosy’s website: ‘The Tapestry of Love is the story of how a woman falls in love with a place and its people: a portrait of landscape, a community and a fragile way of life.’ Rosy is my favourite romantic novelist and I’ve read all her books. I especially loved Hearts and Minds, set in a Cambridge college.
3. Hope Against Hope by Sally Zigmond. Sally’s an award-winning short story writer and this is her first novel. She’s running a short story writing tutorial on her blog at the moment, which is not to be missed. Writing tips! For free! From from someone who knows what she’s talking about! What’s not to like?
4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The story of the woman whose cells became the most important tools used in medicine. Because I’m falling in love with science.
5. The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. My favourite caveman has written a book, subtitled ‘How to ReProgram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health and Boundless Energy.’ I lost four kilograms in a month just following his blog. Imagine what reading the book will do …
6. A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. If Hilary and Barbara hadn’t been in the Orange Prize shortlist, this was apparently the book that would have won. Lorrie came up against the heavies. Called ‘lyrical, beguiling and wise.’
7. This Body of Death by Elizabeth George. The 16th in the Inspector Lynley series. I’ve read them all and I can’t stop now.
9. Dead Like You by Peter James. The latest in the Roy Grace mysteries. Addicted!
10. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. For what is summer without a new recipe book?
This list is by no means complete. I reserve the right to add more books at random, willy-nilly and so forth, and in response to wise readerly recommendations.
What’s on your wish list?