Jonathan Harvey, The Confusion of Karen Carpenter
Jonathan Harvey is one of my favourite Coronation Street writers and the writer of Gimme Gimme Gimme, one of my favourite TV shows ever. His first novel, All She Wants, I read on my jollies last summer and laughed out loud at it in a few places. Despite having had the book for some weeks, I kept it specially to read as my first holiday book. Sadly I didn't enjoy this one as much as his first novel. I love his work on TV and wish his naughty, saucy humour would show itself more in his novels too. A disappointing 6/10.
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
James Kelman, Mo Said She Was Quirky
A novel set in the day of a life of a woman called Mo. I would have liked to tell you more about this but at page 45 I said to myself if it didn't improve by page 100 I would give up on it. I didn't even get that far, and gave up at page 67 instead. If the author had used apostrophes instead of trying to be trendy by not including them in his work, it would have helped. A disappointing waste of money. 2/10
Monique Roffey, Archipelago
Sun Dog earlier this year and fell in love with it so couldn't wait to read her new one, Archipelago and fell in love all over again. Her style of writing and the content of the story swept me away on a voyage of discovery. A beautiful tale of a dad, his daughter and their dog sailing on an adventure to try to escape grief. I read this by the beach with the waves breaking and boats sailing by as I turned the pages. A perfect setting to read a wonderful tale. I think I might have had something in my eye at the end though. 11/10. Yes I know 11/10 doesn't exist but for this book it does.
T C Boyle, San Miguel
Scott Thorson, Behind the Candelabra
After seeing the movie Behind the Candelabra at the flicks a few months ago, I was intrigued to read this book to see how much of it was based on Scott Thorson's words. It's a revealation. If you enjoyed the movie, you'll love the book on which the film was based. Thoroughly enjoyable and somewhat sad. 10/10.
Danny Baker, Going to Sea in a Sieve
Neil Young, Waging Heavy Peace
And finally, another book taken from my husband's pile of books, the autobiography of singer-songwriter Neil Young. It's a ramble of a book, not the usual autobiography in many ways. It rocks and it rolls from model trains to cars to guitars and family and Life. Always Life. A wonderful 10/10.
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