BOOKS TO WHILE AWAY THE HOURS DAY 5

My last book for this week is a real page turner. Set in Iceland it is based on the true story of Agnes Magnusdottir. BURIAL RITES was written by the Australian author, Hannah Kent as part of her PhD thesis. SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2014.SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD.Set in Northern Iceland in 1829.A woman is condemned to death for murdering her lover.A family forced to take her in.A priest tasked with absolving her.But all is not as it seems, […]

BOOKS TO WHILE AWAY THE HOURS DAY 4

My book for today is INTO SUEZ  by the Welsh novelist, Stevie Davies, whose books have often cropped up on the short list but never claimed a prize. 1949: Egypt’s struggle against its British occupiers moves towards crisis; Israel declares its statehood, driving out the Arabs; Joe Roberts, an RAF sergeant, his wife Ailsa and daughter, Nia, leave Wales for Egypt. “Into Suez” is a compelling human and political drama, set in the postwar period when Britain, the bankrupt victor of the Second […]

BOOKS TO WHILE AWAY THE HOURS DAY 3

Day three and my choice is by an Irish author (in my opinion some of the best writers come out of Ireland) Niall Williams. His novel “HISTORY OF THE RAIN” is a bitter sweet story set in County Clare, where the author lives. It was long-listed for the BOOKER PRIZE in 2014. We are our stories. We tell them to stay alive or keep alive those who only live now in the telling. In Faha, County Clare, everyone is a long story…Bedbound in her attic room beneath the falling rain, in the margin between […]

BOOKS TO WHILE AWAY THE HOURS DAY 2

My choice today is THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS by Robert Dodds, and is for lovers of historical fiction. “A gripping and absorbing read” HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY ​It is 1490. Northern Europe is in the grip of sweeping plagues and religious inquisitions, and in daily terror of the Day of Judgement. In the town of Den Bosch, the artist Jerome (Hieronymus Bosch) paints his visionary denunciation of sin and folly, ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’, while his neglected wife Aley […]

CHOOSING A BOOK TO WHILE AWAY THE HOURS day 1

While we are all in our own way trying to survive the coronavirus I thought that each day I would share with you one of my favourite books. You will soon realise that if I find an author I like, then I try to read all of their books. My first selection is a Scottish author and poet, Andrew Greig, and the book is, “In Another Light.” A young man leans over the railings of the ocean liner bound for the exotic shores of Penang. It is early in the 1930s and Dr Alexander Mackay is on his way to take […]

International Women´s Day 2020

​International Women’s Day, whose theme this year is “I Am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights,” is celebrated on the 8th March. It was first organised in 1909 in New York by the Socialist Party of America to draw attention to women’s rights, and to bolster the demand for women’s suffrage. For years the day was associated with Socialist and Communist movements; in 1936, on the eve of the Spanish Civil War, Dolores Ibárruri, a leading memb […]