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#50booksin2018 July

A little late but better than never. I started a new job this month, so I’ve been busy busy busy. Still found time to squeeze in a few books though, so here they are…

The Cows by Dawn O’Porter

I love DOP, as far as I’m concerned she’s a British institution (although I believe she now lives in LA with her superstar husband Chris O’Dowd) so, surprisingly, this is the first book of hers I’ve read. The Cows is the story of a woman who gets caught masturbating on public transport, admittedly far-fetched, but it’s more a comment on the shaming that comes after. I really liked the characters in this and found them all well-rounded, interesting women. A great beach read.

Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch

A part memoir part comment on race in Britain by journalist and broadcaster Afua Hirsch, who is mixed English and Ghanaian. I enjoyed this because it turns racial stereotypes on their head. Afua is middle class and went to Cambridge, yet people assume she’s working class – such is the extent that race and social class are inextricably linked in the UK. It’s a personal look at the subject but well-researched.

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Another Jon Ronson book, this time about the test that all hospitals, prisons and therapists use to tell if someone is a psychopath. As usual his writing strikes the balance between personal and factual and it’s properly interesting. You’ll definitely be wondering if someone in your office is one… and if you’re wondering if you’re a psycho, well, you’re not.

The Child by Fiona Barton

I think this was a 99p Amazon Kindle number but I loved it – I absolutely whizzed though this. It’s a police/journo drama that’s fast-paced and thrilling. The mystery at the heart of it concerns the unearthed remains of a baby and who the baby belongs to. I must admit I, er, solved the mystery quite early on but it’s a great read. If you like Martina Cole you’ll love this.

The Widow Fiona Barton

Based on the previous book, I downloaded The Widow by the same author. This book wasn’t quite as gripping, but I loved the protagonist and her icy exterior.

Circe by Madeline Miller

This was the book for my Ladies Lit Squad book club and was definitely up there as one of our fave reads. Circe is sort of a retelling of Homer’s Odyssey but from a female perspective, that of the goddess Circe. You’ll know if you studied classics that female voices and perspectives are all to often overlooked, so this book was so refreshing. In the Odyssey Circe is ridiculed but Madeline Miller chips away at the surface of a woman who has known great tragedy, a horrible family and suffered being cast out alone – and still managed to become powerful, independent and make a life for herself. The novel spans centuries (Circe is immortal after all) and I loved the guest appearances from Greek gods and legends. A must read.


My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Under The Sun by Lottie Moggach
Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney
Dietland by Sarai Walker
Postcards from The Edge by Carrie Fisher
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The F Word by Liza Palmer
Silence by Natasha Preston
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
Trying by Emily Phillips
How To Stop Time by Matt Haig
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Dead Girls by Abigail Tarttelin
I’ll Be Gone in The Dark by Michelle McNamara
Kismet by Luke Tredget
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Pisces by Melissa Broder
Ponti by Sharlene Tao
In The Dark by Cara Hunter
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
Fat Chance by Nick Spalding
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
Riders by Jilly Cooper
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
The Cows by Dawn O’Porter
Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
The Child by Fiona Barton
The Widow by Fiona Barton
Circe by Madeline Miller


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