Summer Reading has begun

There are lots of recommendations for summer reading including some good ones from Anna Carey in The Irish Times here. I’ve got the wonderful George Saunders on my list myself but for the moment, here’s the pile I’m going through:

Nuala O’Connor – Joyride to Jupiter A wonderful collection of short stories published by New Island.

Do watch out for my interview with Nuala and a wonderful givaway coming  on 19th July as part of her Virtual Book Tour

Ethel Rohan – The Weight of Him A heartbreaking novel about love, suicide, and family. I just read the last page today and took a deep breath – poignant and moving.

Later this summer I’ll be featuring Ethel on this blog!

Tariq Ali – Fear of Mirrors First published in 1998, and a fall of communism novel, it fits right in with some of the research I am currently doing for my novels

Sheila Rowbotham – Women, Resistance and Revolution The first of my non-fiction reads – again, a reissue from the wonderful Verso  – so looking forward to this one. 

Norman Geras – The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg There’s always more to learn about historical figures who you think you know or know about…

Arthur Koestler – Spanish Testament An original 1937 Left Book Edition of Koestler’s fine analysis of 1930s Spain. And the question that the historical novelist considers is this: how do you get ‘at the facts’ in the days of dictatorships and war (even without the fake news of these days)?


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