History Of The Rain, Niall Williams

Books appeal to me in a variety of different ways. Some are intellectually challenging; some have intricate or gripping plots; some tug on the heart strings; some create whole worlds inside me; some create characters who live on inside my mind and imagination. And some sing to me. They breathe under my fingers. They live.  And…

Black Swan Green, David Mitchell

This is a truly exceptional book! And, before I discuss the book, a truly exceptional reading of it by a chap called Chris Nelson. Now, I don’t know who Chris Nelson is. I have googled his name idly but I have no clue. I do not know his age or where he is from. But…

The Name Of The Wind, Patrick Rothfuss

I signed up to Audible nearly a year ago now. I was interested in trying audiobooks and had been for a while : I drive. Lots. Daily. And whilst I like the Today Programme in the morning, I’m less keen on PM in the afternoon. But I’m also a skinflint and object to paying £20…