February – The Month between January and March!
February is here and I hope that you have set yourselves challenges to read more in 2017! I obviously love to read but at home I can be frequently heard to moan “I have nothing to read” with my husband looking at me and then at the piles and piles of books that are two sometimes three deep on our bookshelves and raising his eyes to the heavens and walking away quietly. But is it usually this time of year that I re-read favourite books.
I was cleaning the bookshelves a task and a half but found my copy of Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, “downed tools” and started to lose my self in this beautiful book, a tale of small town America told in short stories with Olive Kitteridge playing a central or peripheral part in each story, just a wonderful book, that I would encourage anyone to read.
We have wonderful things coming through the pipeline at Linghams so keep your eyes peeled but here are our Events for February so come a long and support your local bookshop and some fabulous authors..
Sat 4th Feb local author Elizabeth Gates 12-1pm, Wed 8th Feb Cathy Bramley (fantastic author lauded by Kathy Fforde) Thurs 23rd Feb at Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa author extraordinaire Joanna Trollope!
After her stunning debut novel Burial Rights she has written another best seller I believe. Set in rural Ireland in 1825 and loosely based on real events, Nora a widow is caring for her grandson, who cannot walk or speak, the villagers believe he is changeling and bringing them bad luck. Nance, a healing woman arrives with her herbs and potions in a bid to help, but paranoia and superstition are strong forces to fight against, making this a tense tale that is skilfully told by the author.
Shirley Jackson – Just An Ordinary Day
It would have been the 100th birthday of Shirley Jackson in Dec 2016 and I read an interesting piece about her and her shamefully neglected books. Probably like me you may have not heard of her as an author but as with literary geniuses she is much praised by her peers, people like Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Donna Tartt have all spoken of their indebtedness to her. This book of short stories is a fabulous insight into her work, dark menacing and a wonderful treat!
Have your dreams ever disappeared in one split second? Because after a dreadful accident Katy may never be able to walk again…Katy Carr is an eccentric 11-year-old who has the tiresome job of caring for her five younger siblings. But after her life changing accident, will they ever recognise her as the boss again? A great read which will keep you hooked all the way through.
Reviewer – Sophia Campbell