Following Mental Health Day on the 10th October, I want to highlight a couple of books which I have read recently that deal broadly with the often difficult topics of mental health and mental disability. The first book is one which I am not sure if you can still buy, but it was one which … More Books that deal with difficult topics..
“Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens. […] When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They … More Review: We Are Not Ourselves by Thomas Matthews
If you ever find yourself in Alnwick, Northumberland… then visit Barter Books! It’s one of the largest second hand bookshops in the UK, and absolutely wonderful. After camping in Bamburgh for two nights in the rain (and in a leaky tent too), it was a very welcome surprise visit.
“Sicily, 1880. When a stranger arrives in Vigàta, the town’s inhabitants immediately become unsettled. It seems the young man, Fofo, is the son of a local peasant legendary for his home-grown medicines; a man who was murdered many years before. Fofo opens his own pharmacy in Vigàta and his remedies are sought by many. But … More Review: Hunting Season by Andrea Camilleri
“The year is 1570, and in the convent of Santa Caterina, in the Italian city of Ferrara, noblewomen find space to pursue their lives under God’s protection. But any community, however smoothly run, suffers tremors when it takes in someone by force. And the arrival of Santa Caterina’s new novice sets in motion a chain of … More Review: Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant
“Humbert Humbert – scholar, aesthete and romantic – has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he … More Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
“New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When … More Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr