Happy New Year to all our customers.  It’s not that we have just awakened from a prolonged Christmas doze.  It’s just that we haven’t got round to an update.  Here’s what we’ve been reading:

Instrumental by James Rhodes

Canongate 2015

James Rhodes, the concert pianist, has a new book out, Fire on All Sides. It’s the second part of his memoir, and already a best seller. So I thought I’d better read the first part, Instrumental published in 2015. I’m so glad I did.

He tells of his daily struggle, living with the on-going consequences of terrible and brutal childhood abuse, and how music saved, and is still saving his life.

While letting us in on his constant struggles with his demons, he manages to make you laugh when you least expect it. Each chapter starts with a piece of music which has inspired him, and so I have been treated to a treasure trove of masterpieces , which I may have otherwise missed!

Candid and outspoken, a great read.

-Aideen McConville

Fire on All Sides by James Rhodes

HB Quercus 2018

 

 

 

The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow by Danny Denton

An extraordinary first novel from Granta by Cork writer Danny Denton.  Ireland is flooded, derelict. It never stops raining.  But this is the future, not our present winter, and the kid in yellow has stolen the babba from the Earlie King.  Part myth, part drama, part novel of gang warfare, it bristles with inventive dialogue and poetic description.  I found the plot a little obscure, but was swept away by his torrential prose.  Another of Dan Stiles eyecatching designs – he designed the cover for Keith Ridgway’s Hawthorn and Child and Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt.