Summer reads

Hello everyone hope you had a good weekend and managed to fit in a bit of reading among all that gardening / festival attending / shopping for your hols. Thanks to a book group member from Durham, I am now stuck on Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, an Icelandic writer of thrillers. It’s also the connection with Burial Rites – the darkness, the landscapes – but this is a modern Iceland with all the attendant cod war / finance / volcanic eruption issues. Not sure it would qualify as a summer read, but reading is such an individual pleasure, it’s hard to say. The Brits love a good murder for relaxation – this must be why there are so many of them at railway stations and airports, I suppose. The Sigurðardóttir ones I have read so far have a lawyer hero, rather than a detective: she’s a single parent of two, which provides a domestic backdrop to the grisly happenings. I am comparing with Denise Mina: will let you know final verdict. Noel_streatfeild
I am hoping I will read more than murder this summer. Another friend bought me Saplings by Noel Streatfeild which I am really looking forward to. I’m also reading Room by Emma Donoghue, so there’s plenty of choice beside my bed.
As I have mentioned to some of you already, I’m looking for a new book group leader. After more than five years, I think it’s time to hand on to somebody else. Do let either me, or Tammy at New Writing North, know if you think you would like to take this on.


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