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.
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