Reading has been a welcome escape over the lockdown. And I have a regular habit of plugging into a podcast for my walk around beautiful Bushy Park. Here is a roundup of some of my reading and listening highlights.
Reading (Debuts marked with *)
*We Are Animals-Tim Ewin
I found it very difficult to focus and read at the beginning of the lockdown. I chose this one to get me back into it and it worked. I don’t usually read comedy but this was exactly what I needed at that point in time.
*People Like Us-Louise Fein
*Island Child-Molly Aiken
*This Lovely City-Louise Hare
The Hiding Game-Naomi Wood
*Leonard and Hungry Paul-Ronan Hessian
The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme-Andrei Makine
Silver Sparrow-Tayari Jones
Just finished this one and loved it. Clever storytelling, vivid characters. Brilliant. If I had to choose a favourite from this list, I think this would be favourite.
American Dirt-Jeanine Cummins
Nightingale Point-Luan Goldie
The Street-Ann Petry
Published in 1946, this is a great book from a writer who should be better known. The Street sold more than a million copies, which is an incredible achievement now, much less in 1946! She was the first for African American woman to do so. Fascinating discussion about her in one of the podcasts I mention below.
Yellow Crocus and Golden Poppies-Laila Ibrahim
The Painted Room-Lounis Tidar
Villa America-Liza Klassmann
The Dutch House-Ann Patchett
BBC More or Less-I find comfort in a rational discussion of statistics of the day.
Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast-(Series 2, Episode 15 has a discussion about Petry and interview with her daughter)
Winds of Change (Spotify)-Investigation into CIA link to The Scorpians. Starts a bit slow but loved it.
Grounded with Louis Theroux
Loved the BBC adaptations of Queenie (Candice Carty-Williams) and Girl, Woman, Other (Bernadine Evaristo)
Dolly Parton’s America (Actually, I listened to this before lockdown, but have to include it because I loved it.)
And here is a sample of some of my non-fiction reading