Books by Glenda Young

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Books I read on my holidays

I've just returned from summer holidays here and while whiling away the hours by the pool, got through some cracking books, as below.

Below Stairs, by Margaret Powell.
A 1968 autobiography of a woman who worked as a kitchen-maid and then a cook in service in the UK during the 1930s and 40s. The book's been re-released on the success of TV shows like Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs and is well worth a read.  Very good indeed, I'd give it 8/10.

Mary Ann in Autumn, by Armistead Maupin.
What's to say? If you're a fan of the Tales of the City books, like me, you'll love it, and it'll have you in tears at least once.
Excellent. Unmissable. 10/10.

Zero History, by William Gibson
Another cracking novel from the man who termed the word 'cyberspace'.  Who wouldn't want to be the coolest heroine in a novel this century, Hollis Henry?  Wonderful, 9/10.

Player One, by Douglas Coupland
Interesting, intriguing and it makes you think.  Another good one from Coupland.  Very good indeed, 8/10.

Reelin' Back The Years, by Mark Radcliffe
Good and enjoyable but sometimes a bit anoraky about the music - I skipped pages of Genesis and Yes.  Otherwise a great read, easy.  7/10

1 comment:

Tvor said...

Ooh i have the William Gibson one in my ebook library, i'll keep that in mind!

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