Need to visit all of these.
Apple Tree Yard - Louise Doughty
I don’t really read thrillers or crime novels (I know, I’m terrible), but this was recommended to me and now I am telling EVERYONE I know to buy a copy. It is the definition of unputdownable.
A woman has an affair and winds up in court on unknown (to the reader) charges. Straightforward enough, but it’s her internalised life: the wife, mother and businesswoman that she is, her decisions, her ideas, her thoughts, her fears that make this book tick.
It’s powerful, upsetting, exhilarating stuff.
We went to the Cotswolds where we sat in windows and read books and walked through the fields to a church. The fields were green and the sky was blue and the wind was bitter and past the church, which was old, we found ruins, and we explored the ruins, walking through the green fields, and then we walked home and drank cider by the fire.
(We read Ernest Hemingway).
Am preparing to move house, and have so far sorted my clothes and random junk, but last night I started sifting through my books… now there’s a happy stack, and a charity shop stack (sob).
This Guardian piece is basically my life right now (via @alice_emily): http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2014/feb/18/moving-books-change-houses-personal-library