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This Week In Books (November 18)

This Week In Books

Hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I am reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words

At the moment I am reading Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín, a book that has been on my TBR for far too long. It is in fact over a year since I read Fiction Fan’s review of this book!

Nora Webster


It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She is fiercely intelligent, at times difficult and impatient, at times kind, but she is trapped by her circumstances, and waiting for any chance which will lift her beyond them.
Colm Tóibín’s Nora is a character as resonant as Anna Karenina or Madame Bovary and Nora Webster is a novel that illuminates our own lives in a way that is rare in literature. Its humanity and compassion forge an unforgettable reading experience. NetGalley

I have recently finished the very enjoyable The Killing of Polly Carter by Robert Thorogood.

The Killing of Polly Carter

You can read the synopsis and an excerpt of this one in yesterday’s post

Next up I’m catching up on the Nicci French days of the week series with Friday On My Mind

Friday on my Mind


When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man’s wrist is a hospital band. On it are the words Dr F. Klein.
But psychotherapist Frieda Klein is very much alive. And, after evidence linking her to the murder is discovered, she becomes the prime suspect.
Unable to convince the police of her innocence, Frieda is forced to make a bold decision in order to piece together the terrible truth before it’s too late either for her or for those she loves. NetGalley

What are you reading this week? Do share!

See what I’ve been reading in 2015 here


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

28 thoughts on “This Week In Books (November 18)

  1. I just finished reading ‘Friday on My Mind’ at the weekend, as I’d fallen a little out of the loop with the Frieda Klein series, but I always enjoy a bit of Nicci French.
    The Death in Paradise series sounds like a fun bit of escapism – perhaps even better during the winter months.
    I’m currently (re)reading Stefan Zweig novellas and stories for German Literature Month and it’s easy to see why he was such a popular writer back in the day. And my next planned read is ‘The Girl and the Bomb’ by a Finnish writer Jari Järvela: it sounds very unusual and compelling.


  2. I’ve only read one Colm Toibin, The Testament of Mary, which is probably rather unrepresentative but which I enjoyed a good deal anyway! At the moment I’m (aptly) reading Helen Dunmore’s A Spell of Winter, which is lush and very enjoyable thus far.


  3. You’re having a good week of reading, Cleo! The Thorogood does sound like a fun sort of mystery; and of course, the ‘Nicci French’ team does such a fine job with suspense.


  4. I started the second installment of Harry Potter and the next in the triology by Julia Quinn. I’m enjoying both. I’ve regulated my reading to the car or before I go to bed because I have so much knitting to do.


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