|Barbara Kingsolver - Prodigal Summer|
Having read Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna which I absolutely loved, I decided to try another of her books. Now I have to admit at this stage to cheating a little bit as along with The Bees and The Paying Guests it is an audio book. In my defence, it is about the only way I get to read books these days and as regular readers know I am spending every spare minute de-cluttering and painting my house in preparation for putting it on the market. Listening to books as I am working makes the tedious tasks bearable. So on to last months books:
|Held by the Sea - Jane Darke|
It would be wrong to say I enjoyed this book as it had me in tears within the first few pages with it's raw description of the pain of bereavement. It is a beautifully written, evocative book which I will read again. Yes this is a proper book as I knew I would want to have it on my bookshelf. It is written by artist Jane Darke about the loss of her husband playwright Nick Darke. It covers their life together from the early days in a wooden shack they built in woods near London to their move to Cornwall. They spent everyday together, writing, beach combing and catching lobsters. For me the descriptions of Cornwall are perfect and the landscape plays an important part in the book. However the book is primarily about the loss of her partner, the love of her life. She is brutally honest in her description of her grieving process. A beautiful book that I would highly recommend.
|The Bees - Laline Paull|
I can say I enjoyed this book, it is very unusual and clever. The 'hero' of the book is a bee called Flora. It starts from when she first emerges from her cell and tells the story of her life in the hive. Another book I would recommend.
|Sarah Waters - The Paying Guests|
The third book for last month is Sarah Walters, The Paying Guests. I have not read any of her books before but I will certainly be checking them out. It is beautifully written, a slow burner that draws you in to the stifling class ridden world of the post WW1 period.
For this post I am joining in with The Year in Books
Thank you so much for your encouraging remarks on my last post, when I'm flagging or doubting myself I will read them back.