The book groups are really striking gold recently: this week, we read Passing by Nella Larsen in Classics and In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B Hughes in Crime. From 1920s Harlem to 1950s California, very different but also with peculiar similarities and both amazing reads.
Although neither featured on yet another book list, The Novels That Shaped Our World (in the English Language). Once again I marvel more at those left off than those included – no Elizabeth Taylor, William Trevor, Barbara Pym, Paddington, Jennings etc, etc. Obviously, the only thing to do for my devoted readers is to compile my own list which I shall do directly the last Christmas book has been sold – just a little shopping incentive!
This week I also read Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout. Olive Kitteridge was one of our ten books of the decade and the follow up is even better. If you haven’t read Olive in any form, I urge you to do so. She is a unique, stroppy, flesh and blood character and if the latest book isn’t on next year’s Booker shortlist I will eat – something (probably coated in chocolate)!