I must catch up with confessions.
A nice stack of books waiting for me when I arrived home and some good reads in here.
The Secret River by Kate Grenville was one of my favourite reads of 2006 so I'm delighted with a copy of Searching For the Secret River published by Canongate in which Kate Grenville recounts her journey of discovery whilst researching and writing the book.Also a copy of one of her earlier novels Lilian's Story. How does the daughter of prosperous middle-class family end up as an eccentric bag-lady living on the streets and quoting Shakespeare ? I'll report back.
Also from Canongate An Iliad by Alessandro Baricco translated by Ann Goldstein. I'm a confirmed fan of Alessandro after reading Silk and then Without Blood. Perfectly formed novellas that I can still recall several years on.An Iliad a recreation of the siege of Troy through the eyes and voices of each of the twenty-one major Homeric characters in turn.
Now I've owned up before, my knowledge of myth remains woeful no matter how much attention I give it. I suspect it's one of those things that should be introduced early in a reading life because surely it's the foundation of all storytelling?
Well I was too busy with Enid Blyton so n'er a myth did I meet for many a long year.
Karen Armstrong's A Short History of Myth plus the ensuing Canongate Myth series have helped enormously and now I think I might repair to Troy by Adele Geras before I graduate to Alessandro's version.
God's Spy by Juan Gomez-Jurado looks nicely Papal and Vatican-ish with a cold-blooded psychopathic serial killer mixed in.First line looks promising
"Father Selznick awoke in the middle of the night to find a fish knife pressed against his throat".
There's also some destroying of eyes and chopping off of hands which always bodes well I find.Quite a few recent reads have chopped off eyelids which seems a bit extreme I must say.That was probably Hospital by Toby Litt, not much stayed attached in that book.
Zed Books have sent me a copy of Afghan Women by Elaheh Rostami-Povey to complement my Islamic reading project coming up in the autumn.This will be a completely new trail for me and I'm looking forward to it.
Hybrids by David Thorpe was the winner of a Children's Book Writing competition run by Harper Collins in conjunction with Saga Magazine.The book has been tried and tested in the playground and found to be a great way of controlling the children at break time who wanted to do nothing other than listen to another instalment.We're talking about hysteria gripping the nation as a new virus which causes sufferers to merge with items of technology starts to spread.Looking forward to this one.
Finally David Baldacci is a name I saw all over Rhapsody of the Seas; up on Deck 8, down on Deck 5, by the pool, in the Schooner Bar, around the Windjammer Cafe, probably up on the bridge, everyone was reading a David Baldacci, so I was delighted to find a copy of The Collectors waiting for me when I arrived home. The heist of the century and the murky worlds of gambling, politics and espionage await.