Yes, it's September already - and for this month I have two very different choices for you... Brand new is Gabriel Tallent's much talked about My Absolute Darling - an engrossing, sometimes harrowing story with one of the most incredible lead teenage characters I've ever read. Turtle Alveston is 14, knows how to use dozens of guns, lives in isolation and poverty in rural America with her father, and everything is about to change when she makes a friend at school...
So, as always, the four weeks of my year in which nothing happens are up and stuff starts rattling along again đ™‚If you’re interested, I’m one of the performers again at this year’s Words On The Street. All readings are free (you do them on a sort of circuit around a load of locations close to each other) just make sure to get there early.
It's now officially three years since our first ROSBC Book Of The Month (we would only pick one every month back then). It seems like both a lot longer and a lot shorter, like most good relationships. It was Liz Nugent's Unravelling Oliver, I've just saved you twenty minutes Googling trying to find out what it was. This month we have two more exceptional books by women authors - one Irish, one English. First up is Sarah Winman's beautiful Tin Man.
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Selecting a term
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