Recent Reads – March 2018

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Recent Reads - March 2018
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March involved more than a few bouts of painsomnia, which meant late nights spent reading with crime fiction and non-fiction being flavour of the month.

Repealing the 8th: Reforming Irish Abortion Law by Fiona de Londras and Máiréad Enright

Repealing the 8th - Reforming Irish Abortion Law by Fiona de Londras and Mairead Enright

Repealing the 8th: Reforming Irish Abortion Law is latest addition to my collection of books about abortion rights and a must read in the run up to the referendum to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Irish Constitution. You can always rely on Fiona de Londras and Máiréad Enright to make their analysis accessible to those who usually struggle with legal analysis.

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type - Some Stories by Tom Hanks

At 400+ pages this collection of 17 short stories, written by Tom Hanks (yes, it’s that Tom Hanks!), is definitely one for dipping in and out of rather than reading them back to back. They’re not badly written, but they didn’t do much to hold my attention either.

The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House by Audre Lorde*

The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House by Audre Lorde

The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House* is a slim volume of essays and speeches by Audre Lorde, published as part of the Penguin Modern series. Dealing with poetry, feminism, power, and anger; Lorde’s words are thought-provoking and, sometimes, confronting, which is not a bad thing, in fact it’s necessary!

The Turning Tide by Brooke Magnanti

The Turning Tide by Brooke Magnanti

Erykah Macdonald makes a life-changing decision, but life has other ideas. The arrival of a significant amount of money, thanks to her husband, brings with it a whole host of trouble leaving Erykah with a different type of decision to make.  

Meanwhile, the discovery of a body in a remote part of Scotland soon brings the issues of a post Independence Referendum political landscape to the fore. Exactly what was local MP, Morag Munro doing at the post mortem?

The Turning Tide is a complex and confident political thriller. I’m looking forward to reading more of Brooke Magnanti’s crime fiction!

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan*

Bookworm by Lucy Mangan

Part memoir, part overview of how publishing for children has evolved and part love letter to some childhood favourite reads, Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading* by Lucy Mangan will make you want to revisit the books that shaped your own childhood.

Full of heart and humour, reading Bookworm* is like receiving a hug from a long-lost bookish friend!

The Other Side of the Wall by Andrea Mara

The Other Side of the Wall by Andrea Mara

While up feeding her baby in the early hours of the morning, Sylvia sees a child lying face down in the pond next door. Frantic, Sylvia, rushes outside to find that the pond is empty and her neighbours don’t appear to have heard her knocking on their door.

But something isn’t right and Sylvia know it, even if no-one else will believe her. When she hears a man crying from the inside the house next door, Sylvia has all kinds of questions for her new neighbours; Sam and Kate.

Told from multiple points of view and across different timelines, The Other Side of the Wall is a well crafted psychological thriller that will have you second-guessing everyone. Fans of unreliable narrators will love this!

The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney*

The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

The Blood Miracles* is the follow-up to Lisa McInerney’s award-winning debut novel The Glorious Heresies and it doesn’t disappoint! While the first book focused on the intertwining lives of a cast of characters involved in Cork’s underworld, this time the focus is solely on one of those characters; namely Ryan Cusack, who at 20-year-olds still hasn’t quite figured out who he is and what the hell he doing. What he is doing involves drugs, both taking and the selling them, and that can’t possibly end well. Or can it?

Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain by Abby Norman

Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman

Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman’s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain. Woven between the narrative of her own pain is a history of how women and the pain they suffer is treated, mistreated and continuously dismissed by the male dominated fields of medicine and research.

Skin Deep by Liz Nugent *

Skin Deep by Liz Nugent

Cordelia Russell is a woman who drinks too much, perhaps because her life is, to put it mildly, complicated. Throw in the dead body in her apartment and the word ‘complicated’ no longer even begins to cover it.

How has Cordelia ended up here and how can she get out of this mess? These questions are at the heart of Liz Nugent’s latest novel Skin Deep*. From the present, the novel rewinds as we learn about Cordelia’s childhood on a remote Irish island, the tragedy that befalls her family and its aftermath. But Cordelia feels the world owes her, well, everything and will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Skin Deep* is a devilishly good read about a woman who appears not to have a caring, or a likeable, bone in her body!

Almost Love by Louise O’Neill*

Almost Love by Louise O'Neill

Almost Love*, the first adult novel from Louise O’Neill, is the story of Sarah and her relationships men. More accurately, it’s about how Sarah’s relationship with Matthew has affected her relationship with her boyfriend, Oisin, and her feelings about herself. Split between the past and the present, Almost Love* is an unflinching look at obsessive love.

I’ll have a full review up, just as soon as I gather my thoughts enough to say more than go read this now!

Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want by Ruby Tandoh

Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh

Eat Up a thoughtfully written book about food, bodies, fatness, diet culture, the wellness industry, mental health and queerness. While it does contain some recipes, this is not a recipe book; it is a manifesto to follow your gut and take joy in eating the things you want, even if those foods are considered “bad” for you. Especially when those foods are considered “bad” for you, because food doesn’t have to come with added judgement. I devoured this in one sitting, but know I’ll re-read it many times, savouring Tandoh’s words as I go.

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