This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 31-05-17

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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

Having been at the Hay Festival for the bank holiday weekend, I’ve not done as much reading as I normally would have done, but I did finish Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson which I really enjoyed – my review will be up soon:

Evil remembers…

Falkenberg, Sweden. The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina.

Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s.

Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1944. In the midst of the hell of the Holocaust, Erich Hebner will do anything to see himself as a human again.

Are the two murders the work of a serial killer, and how are they connected to shocking events at Buchenwald?

Emily Roy, a profiler on loan to Scotland Yard from the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, joins up with Linnea’s friend, French truecrime writer Alexis Castells, to investigate the puzzling case. They travel between Sweden and London, and then deep into the past, as a startling and terrifying connection comes to light.

Plumbing the darkness and the horrific evidence of the nature of evil, Block 46 is a multi-layered, sweeping and evocative thriller that heralds a stunning new voice in French Noir.

My current read is The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies which I picked up at the Hay Festival:

Sly, funny, intelligent, and artfully structured, The Fortunes recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and re-imagines the multi-generational novel through the fractures of immigrant family experience.

Inhabiting four lives – a railroad baron’s valet who unwittingly ignites an explosion in Chinese labor, Hollywood’s first Chinese movie star, a hate-crime victim whose death mobilises Asian Americans, and a biracial writer visiting China for an adoption – this novel captures and capsizes over a century of our history, showing that even as family bonds are denied and broken, a community can survive – as much through love as blood.

Building fact into fiction, spinning fiction around fact, Davies uses each of these stories – three inspired by real historical characters – to examine the process of becoming not only Chinese American, but American.

My next read will probably be Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, which is my book groups choice for June, and a book that I’ve heard good things about:

What is it like to be a brain surgeon?

How does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason?

How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially life-saving operation when it all goes wrong?

In neurosurgery, more than in any other branch of medicine, the doctor’s oath to ‘do no harm’ holds a bitter irony. Operations on the brain carry grave risks. Every day, Henry Marsh must make agonising decisions, often in the face of great urgency and uncertainty.

If you believe that brain surgery is a precise and exquisite craft, practised by calm and detached surgeons, this gripping, brutally honest account will make you think again. With astonishing compassion and candour, one of the country’s leading neurosurgeons reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humour that characterise a brain surgeon’s life.

Do No Harm is an unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital. Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions.

And that’s my week in books!

What are you reading this week?  Let me know in the comments, and provide a link if you do a post similar to this so I can take a look!


    1. Funny you say that, because I’m struggling with it a little! It’s one of those where it’s hard to know what to say…

    1. I started it last night, and I’m already half way in! It’s surprisingly tense for a work of non-fiction!

    1. I’m about two thirds in, but I’m really enjoying it so far. At times, it’s as tense as any thriller, as he’s talking through difficulties he’s encountered in the operating theatre!

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