Holiday reading

Back from a week’s holiday iin Sri Lanka – lovely, thanks – and ready to get back to work for the New Year, I thought I would share some of the holiday reading I enjoyed.

Most was of the crime/thriller sort – a great way to wind down:

  • John Harvey (Good Bait)
  • Michael Connelly (The Black Box)
  • John Grisham (The Litigators)
  • Ian Ranking (Standing in Another Man’s Grave) – always very good value
  • Christopher Brookmyre (Jaggy Splinters – a selection of short stories, including the hilairious “Playground Football” – and When the Devil Drives)
  • J K Rowling (A Casual Vacancy – better than I had expected)
  • Terry Prathett (A Blink of the Sccreen – more short stories); I confess, I have never really enjoyed Pratchett’s books, though I realise they are hugely popular
  • Ian M Banks (Consider Phlebas – about time I started the Culture novels, and I was not disappointed)
  • Peter James (Not Dead Yet)
  • Ian Sinclair (White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings)
  • Jerome K Jerome (Three Men on the Bummell – I needed something for light relief)
  • Dominion by C J Sansom

The most memorable book was non-fiction: Neil Postman’s “Amusing Ourselves To Death”, the main theme of which is that television inevitably trivialises public debate by treating it all as show business. Well worth a read, and readily available via the behemoth that is Amazon, in both paper and Kindle versions:

In fact, I think I will Tweet quotes from it over the next couple of weeks


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