Name: Daniel Carpenter
Just Finished: One of Us by Asne Seierstad
On The Go: Rawblood by Catriona Ward
Up Next: Mother London by Michael Moorcock
Name: Lucy Chatburn
Just finished: Han Kang, The Vegetarian. Psychological breakdown, Korean style. Intense.
On the go: Kazuo Ishiguro, An Artist of the Floating World. Like it so far.
Next up: Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, The Time Regulation Institute. Allegorical satire from Turkey in the time of Ataturk. Expect interesting but challenging.
Name: James Doyle
Just Finished: Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run. A fascinating self-analysis of where his songs come from, as much a cultural autobiography as psychological.
On The Go: Barbara Pym, Some Tame Gazelle. Two sisters, a village, unrequited love for an Archdeacon: everything Pym needs for drama, comedy and everyday tragedy.
Up Next: James Kelman, Dirt Music. A father and son leave Scotland to play music in the American South.
Name: Valerie O’Riordan
Just finished: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood. Meh.
On the go: The Sellout by Paul Beatty. Interesting, funny, but the best of the year…?
Next up: Hoping to finally get stuck into I Love Dick (if only to bring it to baby groups to horrify the other parents).
Name: Joe Phelan
Just Finished: Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera
On The Go: Fallen Glory by James Crawford
Up Next: A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
Name: Tamim Sadikali.
Just Finished: How To Be A Brit by the Hungarian George Mikes. First published in 1946, Mikes’ perspective on everything from ‘Tea’, ‘On Not Complaining’ and ‘How to be Preposterous’ is hilarious and, unfortunately, still spot on…
On The Go: Andrew Brown’s essay ‘Is Liberal Democracy a Religion of Peace?’, in the current issue of Critical Muslim magazine. (My review of ‘Britain Through Muslim Eyes – Literary Representations 1780-1988’ by Claire Chambers, is published therein too.)
Up Next: Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut. This satire on WWII is peerless – I’ve read it before but it’s one of a few novels I find myself returning to. And I’ll do so again, should time favour. As Vonnegut would say, ‘So it goes’.
Name: Fran Slater
Just finished: A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray. Has been on the pile for a long time and was even better than expected. A beautiful tale of grief and tested faith.
On the go: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon. The Ishiguro is somewhat disappointing (dare I say I preferred the film) but the Solomon is a fascinating non-fiction account of bringing up children who differ wildly from their parents.
Up Next: Today, David Miller. Don’t know much about this, other than that a friend bought it for me because she thinks I like depressing books and it sounds depressing as hell. I’ll probably love it.
Name: Lucille Turner
Just Finished: Small, Great Things, by Jodi Picoult
On The Go: The Book of Dhaka
Up Next: The Noise of Time, Julian Barnes
Name: Peter Wild
Just finished: Swing Time by Zadie Smith (colour me disappointed); Bit Rot by Douglas Coupland (all kinds of fun)
On the go: Everything David Walliams has ever written (am looking to encourage my littlest so the entire fam is making its way through Mr Stink, The Boy in the Dress, Gangsta Granny, Awful Auntie etc).
Next up: a non-Bookmunch treat: Eventide by Kent Haruf
Tune in next month for the next lot…