This is the third of four bumper review posts – my non-fiction Book Reviews for Spring 2018 (Jan-April). The next one is Children’s fiction. Here are ten books for your consideration:
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It’s been a while since I’ve done some reviews, but I’ve been reading. So buckle up for four posts in a row of great books, including my ‘best of 2017’ in each category, for I missed my ‘end of year’ reviews in the chaos of releasing my own book, Those Who Wait!
Some really amazing ones in this category – Spark and The Sellout my favourite of this bunch so far this year.
The sun has come out, my brain is awakening, and I can finally report the best books I read in 2017. I’ve divided them into categories because it was hard to choose.
Book reviews including Peter Carey, Arundhati Roy, Gail Honeyman, Shawn Smucker, Katharine Welby-Roberts, Kristy Burmeister, Emma Scrivener, Jason Lane, Rachel Turner and more
Review of Home – Jo Swinney; Flee, Be Silent, Pray – Ed Cyzewski; Liturgy of the Ordinary – Tish Harrison Warren; and Tumbling Sky – Matt Searles.
Reviews of 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster, Hot Milk by Deborah Levy, Wedding Jitters by Poppy Parkes
Reviewing seven books I read in May-June 2017, including: Amy Young – Love, Amy; Simon P. Stocks – Songs of Suffering; Nell Goddard – Musings of a Clergy Child; Esther Emery – Twenty Tiny Stories from the Woods; Virginia Woolf – A Room of One’s Own; Julie Rehmeyer – Through the Shadowlands
Ed Cyzewski – Flee, Be Silent, Pray. Get it for $2.53 from Amazon.com, £1.99 Amazon.co.uk or £8.52 Wordery.com (free shipping worldwide).
Through the Shadowlands is a fascinating memoir, with a compelling story, nuggets of wisdom, and a thorough survey of the scientific research around ME and mould- based illnesses. It is a science-writer’s personal story of contracting ME – (myalgic encephalomyelitis, labelled as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the US), and how she made a good, though not full, recovery via extreme mould avoidance and psychological ‘brain retraining’.