We’ve invited a selection of people to share their summer reading. Maybe you’d like to say what you are reading by posting a comment…
Sandra writes: Having watched a light hearted chick flick The Jane Austen Reading Club with my daughter last night I have decided that this Summer is the time to reread Jane Austen’s novels for her wit and her characters. Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Northanger Abbey here I come. The film suggests that the novels’ portrayal of a variety of relationships are still relevant to the modern world despite being set two hundred years ago but I also wonder how my interpretation of them will have changed since my first reading when a young woman.
Alan writes: I’m reading Jonathan Franzen’s, The Corrections (published 2001). This is an American novel, and by a brilliant satirist and humourist of family life. The parents here are traditional and somewhat repressed, Midwestern. The children have fled to the East Coast to start new lives, free from their influence. The father, unfortunately, has Parkinson’s and dementia – and the novel gives an extraordinarily insight into this. The mother tries to organise one last Christmas together.
Fay (deputy headteacher at St Chrysostom’s School) writes: This summer I’m going to be finishing King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hoshchild. The book explores the exploitation of the Congo Free State by King Leopold II of Belgium between 1885 and 1908, as well as the atrocities that were committed during that period. In doing so, Hoshchild aims to increase public awareness of these colonial crimes. The book is gritty, and at times not an easy read. It has the tension and drama that one would expect in a good novel. At the same time it is carefully researched and historically accurate.
Fr Ian writes: Years ago I read all the Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple books of the blessed Agatha Christie. All, that is except one, said to be her best the Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Now is the time to read it. (Unfortunately a friend rather spoilt the ending years ago when he said it was so good – he would never have guessed X (he named the person) did it!’ For more serious reading I’m reading Carys Bray’s A Song for Issy Bradley, which won this year’s Authors’ Club first novel award and was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award. I am finally planning to read Richard Holmes’ biography of Coleridge, which I’ve had on my bookshelves for several years now.