This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 03-05-17

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This Week in Books is a feature hosted by Lipsy at Lipsyy Lost and Found that allows bloggers to share:

  • What they’ve recently finished reading
  • What they are currently reading
  • What they are planning to read next

The last book I finished reading was Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick – I really enjoyed this tale of a most unusual protagonist:

A dazzling literary mystery from prizewinning author Marcus Sedgwick, for fans of Scarlett Thomas, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Patrick Suskind.

In Paris, in the year 1899, Marcel Després is arrested for the murder of his wife and transferred to Salpêtrière asylum. And so the story might have stopped.

But this is no ordinary patient: Marcel Després, Mister Memory, is a man who cannot forget. And it is no ordinary case: the hurried cover-up hints at dark secrets in the shadows.

A policeman and a doctor decide to unravel the mystery…but the answers lie inside Marcel’s head.

And how can he tell what is significant when he remembers every detail of every moment of his entire life?

My current read is These Dividing Walls by Fran Cooper:

One Parisian summer.

A building of separate lives.

All that divides them will soon collapse…

In a forgotten corner of Paris stands a building.

Within its walls, people talk and kiss, laugh and cry; some are glad to sit alone, while others wish they did not. A woman with silver-blonde hair opens her bookshop downstairs, an old man feeds the sparrows on his windowsill, and a young mother wills the morning to hold itself at bay. Though each of their walls touches someone else’s, the neighbours they pass in the courtyard remain strangers.

Into this courtyard arrives Edward. Still bearing the sweat of a channel crossing, he takes his place in an attic room to wait out his grief.

But in distant corners of the city, as Paris is pulled taut with summer heat, there are those who meet with a darker purpose. As the feverish metropolis is brought to boiling point, secrets will rise and walls will crumble both within and without Number 37…

My next book is likely to be A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, which is my book club’s choice for May:

A vicious fifteen-year-old “droog” is the central character of this 1963 classic, whose stark terror was captured in Stanley Kubrick’s magnificent film of the same title.

In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends’ social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex—to “redeem” him—the novel asks, “At what cost?”

And that’s my week in books!

What are you reading this week?


  1. I love the sound of These Dividing Walls – are you enjoying it? I read A Clockwork Orange years ago and remember finding it hard to get into but once I was in the flow of reading I loved it. I hope you enjoy it.

    1. I’m not too far in yet, but I’m enjoying it so far. I have tried reading A Clockwork Orange before and couldn’t get into it. It sounds as though it just needs a little perseverance

      1. I found that I had to make time to read it and to stick with it even when I was struggling, and then in time I found I was really into the novel and it began to be easier to read. I definitely think it’s worth persevering with.

      2. I finished it yesterday, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It wasn’t an easy read, but I’m glad that I’ve (finally!) read it! Now to write a review… 🙈

  2. I LOVE Marcus Sedgwick but his last few books have left me a little deflated. I’m glad you’re enjoying Mister Memory – I wasn’t sold on the premise but will deffo try it at some point.

    1. I’ve only read A Love Like Blood, which I really enjoyed, but I was intrigued by this one, and I absolutely loved it 😊

    1. I’m really enjoying These Dividing Walls so far! I tried to read A Clockwork Orange years ago, but couldn’t get into it. Hopefully I’ll do better this time!

    1. Same here. I’m not sure I’d be making another attempt if it weren’t for my book group. I’m told that it gets easier if you persevere, however, so maybe this time!

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