Reading Round-up: April 2017 #BookReviews

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Welcome to my new post where I discuss any books that I read in the month which for one reason or another didn’t warrant a full review. This is a way for me to keep track of what I’ve read but without the pressure of having to write comprehensive reviews for them all. 

There were three books I read this month that I didn’t end up reviewing in full…

The Last Act of Love ~ Cathy Rentzenbrink

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I’m not one for memoirs really, but I’ve heard Cathy talk before and thought she was amazing. She’s also coming into my library to do a talk in celebration of World Book Night so I thought I had better read her book first. I’m so glad I did, it was soooo good. Completely heart-breaking, but also bursting with energy and joy in places. It’s a must-read for anyone.

One False Move ~ Dreda Say Mitchell

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I read this one lunch-time as it’s a Quick Read aimed at less confident readers. It was a fast-paced story about a young woman trying to keep out of jail but facing many difficulties along the way. I enjoyed it, and now I have something I can recommend to some of my customers at work who are put off by larger books.

Six of Crows ~ Leigh Bardugo

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So many people have raved about this book, and a few have personally told me to read it because I will love it even more than The Grisha Trilogy so I feel quite bad in saying this – I just could not take this book in. I read it pretty quickly, but a couple of weeks on and I don’t think I could even tell you what happened. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood – IDK. But I think I’m done with the Grisha world for now.

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{that’s any other business for those of you that’ve never had the misfortune to have a job where people say that all the time}

 

Spotlight: Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017 (May 12th-27th) #Literature #Events #LitFest

Are you thinking about heading to any Lit festivals this year? Well here is everything you need to about one of the biggest in the country –  the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

 

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The Norfolk & Norwich Festival is the flagship arts festival for the East of England, and the fourth biggest in the country. This year it will be running from 12th – 28th May 2017, and boasts an inimitable programme of world-class performance including highlights from Will Self, Siddhartha Bose and a special City of Literature Weekend programme. The full programme, ticket information and more can be found here.

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Will Self: In Conversation at the Norwich Playhouse, Will Self is a man who needs little introduction. From branding Nigel Farage a ‘grubby little man’ on BBC’s Question Time, to criticising the ‘fetishisation’ of freedom of speech, his controversial views often inspire vigorous debate. Will’s newest work is Phone; the third in a trilogy which examines the influence of 20th century technologies on human existence.

Art and Sexuality: Eimear McBride, Sarah Hall and Megan Bradbury share their experiences of articulating sexuality, gender and identity through their creative work as part of Art and Sexuality; an evening of readings and discussion on sexuality and candid writing at this year’s festival.

A Manual for Heartache: How do we make sense of great tragedy? Three acclaimed writers – Richard Beard (The Day That Went Missing), Max Porter (Grief is the Thing with Feathers) and Cathy Rentzenbrink (The Last Act of Love) – come together for an honest yet uplifting discussion of family, loss, and strength, which addresses the healing power of words, and whether reading can prepare us for living with heartache.

Jon McGregor – Reservoir 13: The multiple-award winning author of Even the Dogs and If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things brings us his first novel in seven years; the story of many lives haunted by one family’s loss, unfolding over the course of thirteen years in a small village. Named in The Guardian as one of the ‘top 10 writers to see live’, Jon’s fresh take on storytelling will lead the audience on a journey through the landscape and hidden stories of his new novel, Reservoir 13.

These are just a few of the highlights. The festival celebrates all art forms, but I’ve only concentrated on the literature programme, City of Literature, most of which is crammed into one weekend – 26th-28th May.

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 Tickets are still available, so go check it out if you’re in the area.