Sorry, it’s been a while. Been busy, innit, redesigning my other website and things like that. Lots of interesting reading material of late, mind.
Finished Ian McEwen’s post-9/11 novel Saturday. Outstanding. I don’t think I’ve ever broken out into a sweat reading a novel before. Heart-pumping stuff.
Suicide Bridge by Iain Sinclair – wow, yes, this is the stuff. Inspirational.
Ditto, Roy Fisher’s Birmingham River, which I’ve wanted to read for a while. Now I’ve gotta get my hands on his City (available, I think, only in a Collected Poems. I hate Collected Poems).
Geoffrey Hill’s Mercian Hymns. I did read this at university, but had forgotten just how good it is. Check this.
Simon Barraclough’s Los Alamos Mon Amour (Salt). Fabulous debut collection. Really, really enjoyable reading. I guess I’ll try and review it properly at some point.
The Riddle and the Knight by Giles Milton. Odd travelogue-cum-historical novel following the (presumed) journey of medieval explorer Sir John Mandeville. Lightish. Enjoyable.
I also bought something old, valuable and dusty… about which more later.