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Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday. Hope you’ve all had a lovely bookish week so far!
I’m reading Mobile Library by David Whitehouse and The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler (still)
This book should come with a trigger or at least a mascara warning! It’s definitely not the light fluffy read about books the cover implies as it contains themes surrounding child neglect and abuse. And bizarrely, the first chapter is The End!
Twelve-year-old Bobby Nusku is an archivist of his mother. He catalogues traces of her life and waits for her to return home.
Bobby thinks that he’s been left to face the world alone until he meets lonely single mother Val and her daughter Rosa. They spend a magical summer together, discovering the books in the mobile library where Val works as a cleaner. But as the summer draws to a close, Bobby finds himself in trouble and Val is in danger of losing her job. There’s only one thing to do — and so they take to the road in the mobile library . . .
Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you’re dead.
So begins Christopher Fowler’s foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from shelves.
We are fondly introduced to each potential rediscovery: from lost Victorian voices to the twentieth century writers who could well become the next John Williams, Hans Fallada or Lionel Davidson. Whether male or female, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner – no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten.
I recently finished Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
I finally finished one the two books of short stories I was battling with. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t struggling with this because it’s bad, in fact, it’s a very good collection of stories all featuring, at some point, typewriters.
A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game – and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heart-warming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have.
What’s up next? Spare Brides by Adele Parks
My daughter teased me this week that the books on the bottom shelf of my bookshelf, the ones that have been there the longest, will never be read and I should just get rid of them. So, my next read is one from there, saved from the charity shop cull this time and a stark contrast to my current read!
The 1920s: a time of hope, promise – and parties. But not all the men came home, after The War.
Meet the spare brides.
Young, gorgeous – and unexpectedly alone.
Ava relishes the freedom of being single.
Sarah fears no one can replace her hero husband.
Beatrice finds it hard to shine, next to her dazzling friends.
And Lydia is married, rich, privileged: so isn’t she one of the lucky ones?
Then a chance encounter changes everything.
Angry, damaged and dangerously attractive, Edgar Trent is an irresistible temptation.
And the old rules no longer apply…
Have you read any of my choices?
Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…