July 2019 Roundup
Only three books finished this month, started about thirty, but just don’t have the energy/inclination to read right now even though all the books I’ve started seem as though they will be really good.
Also been working on other projects which has taken up a lot of my time along with trying to catch up with my reviews.
The Big Hippo Guide to Democracy, Referendums, General Elections (and all that) by Bob Marshall Andrews and Martin Rowson
I was given this to review and was so pleased to receive it as I’m a huge fan of Martin Rowson and his political cartoons.
This book is a tongue-firmly-in-cheek look at the state of British politics currently and in my biased opinion spot-on.
The cartoons are of Martin’s usual high-quality and I absolutely love Beryl from Birmingham (though I am actually a wee bit frightened of her.
Bob Marshall Andrews is such a witty writer and this comes through here so clearly; dry, scathing, and totally on-point. Written in the style of a book to teach children and get them involved this is hilarious.
The Wind That Lays Waste by Selva Almada
Another book I was given as a review copy in my continuing journey of reading books that have been translated.
I was captivated from the start, wonderful writing and a beautiful translation from Chris Andrews. I was mesmerised by the quality of words and when I had to put this down it was so reluctantly.
Descriptive, emotional, vivid, languid, and much much more. There is a sense of oppression that is almost tangible, but all the more beautiful for it.
I would recommend this to absolutely everyone.
Read This If You Want To Be A Great Writer by Ross Raisin
This book was purchased from Oswell’s in Barnard Castle, every time I go in I have to buy something from this wonderful little shop.
A great little collection of essay and tips to help with writing a novel.
There are excerpts from many a famous book with the author explaining why these parts were good/useful in the context of the section you are reading.
Well thought out and well written little book.