This Friday Reads is an optimistic one (aren’t they always?) given I’ll be enjoying a long weekend of relaxation (hopefully) in Edinburgh with a trio of lovely friends. You’d think this means zero reading time but as I am me and everyone involved knows that, I’ll still be taking a couple of books along with me because train journeys are a thing.
Harry’s Last Stand: How the World My Generation Built Is Falling Down and What We Can Do To Save It by Harry Leslie Smith (x)
I recently picked this up at the library. I’ve been meaning to actually look into Harry’s writing since I saw Leena from justkissmyfrog had interviewed him. Any book that comments on – and takes to task – the current socio-political climate is absolutely something that appeals to me, especially coming from someone with such life experience and eloquence. He’s also a Yorkshireman so I mean… there’s that, which probably should sell it to me.
The Chimes by Anna Smaill (x)
Yes I am still reading this. I started it on holiday but set it aside once I’d been thoroughly hit over the head by Hermione Eyre’s Viper Wine and couldn’t quite face anything else. But I’ve picked this back up, as part of my belated mission to read some of the Man Booker longlist that appeal to me, so I really need to get on with this. I’m up to about page 60 and really enjoying it so far, the USP of music terminology woven into the narrative voice makes this an oddly refreshing take on the generic dystopian narrative and I look forward to discovering where it will all lead, and hopefully also where it came from in the first place!
What are you reading this weekend? Have you read either of my picks or are interested in them?