Book of the Month
Top of the pile this month was the second novel by a writer who is clearly going places. Jonathan Lee’s Joy is a great feat of of characterisation and voice which explores what drove a successful lawyer to commit suicide in a very public way, through the contrasting perspectives of herself and her colleague. It’s a book that brings to mind Rupture by Simon Lelic – in terms of quality as well as structure and subject.
- Joy by Jonathan Lee [****]
- The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon [****]
- Rites by Sophie Coulombeau [***½]
- What Dies in Summer by Tom Wright [***½]
- An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge [***]
- The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter [***]
- The Forrests by Emily Perkins [***]
- Sweets by Tim Richardson [***]
- The Man Who Rained by Ali Shaw [***}
- Fascination by William Boyd [**½]
- How to approach reading a new genre of fiction.
- A list of recommended short stories available online.
- A 55-question bookish meme.
1st July 2012 at 12:45 pm
I thought Joy was brilliant. I’ve heard a lot about The Colour of Milk so I’ll have to get hold of it.
1st July 2012 at 1:56 pm
I’ve heard a lot about The Colour of Milk so I’ll have to get hold of it.
Definitely something I’d recommend doing!