A Good Read for the Summer

Wondering what to read this Summer? 

We’ve invited a few people to make suggestions for light reading.

First of all Celia McCulloch, (Bishop Nigel’s wife). 

61 Hours by Lee Child  – an entertaining thriller set in freezing Dakota, featuring the author’s fictional hero Jack Reader, an itinerant ex-military police major.

Sandra Palmer suggests

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle by Robyn Scott – a delightful, readable and thought provoking memoir of the author’s eccentric childhood in Botswana.

Penny King offers:

Along the Enchanted Way – A Romanian Story by William Blacker. the story of the author’s travels through post Communist Romania, weaving a tale full of magical characters, and the joys and sorrows of countrylife in Eastern Europe.

Fr John recommends:

Bleed for me by Michael Robotham. A thriller from Australia’s best selling crime novelist. Once you start it you won’t put it down.

Robert Lai suggests:

Innovation A Very Short Introduction by Mark Dodgson and David Gann. A small pocket size book talked about innovation, human creativity and how it changes our lives.

Dominic bought his dad (Fr Ian) the first few Agatha Raisin novels (by M C Beaton) for Christmas, and Fr Ian recommends them as fun light crime – Agatha is feisty, outrageous and rather muddled in her personal life at times!

And from Chicago, Scott Knitter suggests a very St Chrysostom’s style book. (Not least for its open words ” ‘Take my camel, dear,’ said my aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass.”)

The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay. Aunt Dot leads an expedition to Turkey accompanied by Father Chantry Pigg. Nutty, a bit serious but not boringly so, and very funny. Love the writing style.

And what of Bishop Nigel? He suggests:

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson  – last year’s Man Booker winner and a deftly amusing and witty observation on the poignant issues of Jewish identity and of grief.

Thank you to all those who have made these suggestions – we’d love to receive more – either e mail us and we may well include them in the list or add them through ‘comments’ below.


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2 Responses to A Good Read for the Summer

  1. Robin suggests Small Wars by Sadie Jones. He says “It is set in British occupied Cyprus in the 1950’s. It is a light read in the sense it is an easy read but the topic is war and the affect it has on people and so it is not really light reading in the sense of being frivolous.

    There is a scene where one of the soldiers goes into a church in the middle of some fighting and you get a sense of him calming down and getting closer to who he really is. I pictured St John Chrysostom’s at that point.”

  2. Rdr. James Morgan says:

    Anything by Michael O’Brien. I just finished Eclipse of the Sun. Serious and exciting at the same time.

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