Underland – Robert Macfarlane

Underland - Robert Macfarlane
Underland – Robert Macfarlane

Underground places and spaces, people and history.

As I said in my weeknotes, I’d found I was reluctant to read Robert Macfarlane’s latest, taking it with me on holiday more out of a sense of “I ought to” rather than “I want to”. I’m not sure what was putting me off – perhaps the title and the theme, or the size, but as ever with Robert Macfarlane’s writing it drew me in from page 1.

Publisher page: Underland – Robert Macfarlane

The Children of Jocasta – Natalie Haynes

The Children of Jocasta - Natalie Haynes
The Children of Jocasta – Natalie Haynes

Jocasta – wife of Oedipus and mother of Antigone – is one of the foci of Natalie Haynes’ retelling of more of the Greek Myths. Her daughter, Ismene, is the other.

My first audiobook, courtesy of Herefordshire Libraries’ Borrowbox service. I am a convert.

Author page: The Children of Jocasta – Natalie Haynes

A Comedy of Terrors – Lindsey Davis

A Comedy of Terrors - Lindsey Davis
A Comedy of Terrors – Lindsey Davis

Io Saturnalia!

As Tiberius investigates nut wars Albia becomes embroiled in nefarious affairs of another kind – involving two of Rome’s leading crime families….

And in the background, two small grieving boys, family traditions and ageing vigiles partying hard.

Author page: A Comedy of Terrors – Lindsey Davis

Swing Time – Zadie Smith

Swing Time - Zadie Smith
Swing Time – Zadie Smith

Two girls on a north west London council estate join a community dance class and become friends. We follow their lives as they grow into their teens through their twenties and thirties.

One ends up a single mum living in the council flat she grew up in, the other PA to an international pop star doing Good Works in West Africa.

But, as always, Zadie Smith’s novel is about much more than this.

Author page: Swing Time – Zadie Smith