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I’m reading Number 11 by Jonathan Coe
I’m not gonna lie I opened this book and saw the small black type and my heart sank but actually it’s really easy to get into and read despite the tiny type. So far it’s the story of Rachel and Alison and their friendship since childhood set against significant historical or social events such as the Iraq war, and then later it incorporates I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. Very cleverly plotted, it’s like a series of short stories in one.
This is a novel about the hundreds of tiny connections between the public and private worlds and how they affect us all.
It’s about the legacy of war and the end of innocence.
It’s about how comedy and politics are battling it out and comedy might have won.
It’s about how 140 characters can make fools of us all.
It’s about living in a city where bankers need cinemas in their basements and others need food banks down the street.
It is Jonathan Coe doing what he does best – showing us how we live now.
I recently finished The Dinner by Herman Koch
This was my choice for our book club read who are meeting tonight to discuss, so I’ll catch up with your posts later than usual. I felt this book had such promise but all in all I think it failed to deliver. It ended up being more about one of the fathers than the children and what they’d done. The idea of plotting it around courses was interesting but didn’t really enhance.
A summer’s evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness – the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But the empty words hide a terrible conflict and, with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened… Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation; despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified – by everyone except their parents. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children and, as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
What’s up next? Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote
I was given an ARC of this book when I went to the Headline Rooftop Book Club in April. My daughter has read it and given me her thoughts so I’ll read it so that it’s another physical book read from the shelf.
My husband’s lover. They said her death was a tragic accident. And I believed them . . . until now.
Carmen is happily married to Tom, a successful London lawyer and divorcé with three children. She is content to absorb the stresses of being a stepmother to teenagers and the stain of ‘second wife’. She knows she’ll always live in the shadow of another woman – not Tom’s first wife Laura, who is resolutely polite and determinedly respectable, but the lover that ended his first marriage: Zena. Zena who was shockingly beautiful. Zena who drowned swimming late one night.
But Carmen can overlook her husband’s dead mistress . . . until she starts to suspect that he might have been the person who killed her.
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