Having a toddler running around the house means I have very little time to pick up a book so I feel like I’ve not read a huge amount recently. The handful of books I have read though I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.
I was given Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood for my birthday. I hadn’t heard of it when I unwrapped it and I’m not too sure how it had passed me by. It’s a long book but I was intrigued right from the start and got caught up in the story of Grace Mark’s life. It is based on the murders of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery which occurred in Canada in 1843. Although the murders really happened, the book is based around the fictional doctor Simon Jordan who spends time talking to Grace in prison while he is researching the case. There are lots of question marks in the book which leave you wondering if Grace really was responsible for the murders she had been convicted of.
Francesca Segal writes about the start of her premature twins lives in the neonatal unit in Mother Ship. It’s beautifully written and she perfectly describes the roller coaster of emotions you feel while on the unit. I think that anyone, even those who have never had a baby on the unit, would be touched by her story. It’s a must read for anyone who has experienced the neonatal unit first hand and would also be a great way to get more of an understanding about what people go through on the unit if you are supporting friends or family through the experience.
It took me a while to get into Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop properly but after a few chapters I honestly couldn’t put it down. It was one of those books that made me realise just how little I know about history! Set in Greece in the 1940s after World War II, it follows the life of Themis through German occupation, civil war and military dictatorship. I honestly had no idea about the events in Greece following the war – it’s a really eye-opening read.
I Looked Away by Jane Corry definitely isn’t as memorable or unique as the three other books on this list but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It’s one of those easy-read twisty thrillers that I can’t stop myself from picking up. This one follows Ellie who takes her eyes off her beloved grandson for just a moment which leads to devastating consequences and reveals the past she has been hiding from everyone.
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