Here are the books I have stashed for holiday reading... I hope to read as many of thee as I can get through...
COLUM MCCANN - APEIROGON
I think it was Bono who said that the Irish don’t go to the moon but we are great writers. Colum McCann is another great Irish writer. I would suggest one of the best novelists alive today.
Hs new book will be my project of the summer reading. I mean by that, that it will be the biggest challenge and deepest read.
McCann has taken the stories of two men, one Palestinian and one Israeli and told their stories. Actually he has told the stories of their murdered daughters through them. There are true stories but McCann has embellished the stories with some fiction in order to tell share the feelings of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict rather than just the facts and politics.
Grieving the loss of daughters is a part of the book too and as I have friends who recently lost their precious daughter I am interested in that aspect.
I don’t read work books on holiday but this perhaps will be a little work as I think it will fire my imagination about our own conflict here in Northern Ireland and how I attempt to contribute to the reconciliation we need.
TAYLOR JENKINS REID - DAISY JONES & THE SIX
I have wanted to read this one for a while. I don’t expect this one to be the project that Apeirogon will be. I am imagining an enjoyable romp through 70s rock music. More like a light fun summer read. I think.
GLENN PATTERSON - WHERE ARE WE NOW
Glenn Patterson knows Belfast so well and also what it is like to be my age. I have enjoyed all his novels which have given insight to various historical scenarios in belfast but this one is contemporary which excited me.
DAVID & CAROLINE STAFFORD - THE LIFE & MUSIC OF RANDY NEWMAN
I have already started this one. I have blogged before about how I use rock biographies as a way to escape from work. A friend taught me how to do this. Read the book with the records by your side. This one is perfect for that. Detailed accounts of every song and album.
DAVID PARK - A RUN IN THE PARK
I have read most of David Park’s work. I think he might be Northern Ireland best novelist just now. This is a shorter read but I am sure it will be a fascinating mingling of characters.
WENDY ERSKINE - SWEET HOME
I have heard rave reviews of these short stories set in Belfast. I think Jan Carson has been championing Wendy for a while. My love Northern Irish novelists tells with three in this selection by them and one from Colum McCann from Dublin.
KENNETH WOMACK - SOLID STATE
I have read most books about The Beatles and this one is about my very favourite album, Abbey Road. A must read between a couple of novels.