So this week I only have two new titles in my mailbox. Now normally having two new books fills me with joy and I would sing and dance about them. Well first let me show you the books I obtained this week, then I'll explain.
So they are two adult books:
- The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison
England, 31st August 1939: the world is on the brink of war. As Hitler prepares to invade Poland, thousands of children are evacuated from London to escape the impending Blitz. Torn from her mother, eight-year-old Anna Sands is relocated with other children to a large Yorkshire estate which has been opened up to evacuees by Thomas and Elizabeth Ashton, an enigmatic childless couple. Soon Anna gets drawn into their unhappy relationship, seeing things that are not meant for her eyes - and finding herself part-witness and part-accomplice to a love affair, with tragic consequences. A story of love, loss and complicated loyalties, combining a sweeping narrative with subtle psychological observation, "The Very Thought of You" is a haunting and memorable debut.
- Inside the Whale by Jennie Rooney
Stephanie Sandford, recently widowed, must tell her family the truth. But the past is indistinct and it's complicated. First, there was her mum, who developed an anxious streak after marrying the wrong Reg. And then there was the young man from the dairy who gave Stevie swimming lessons before he broke her heart. War came, and four years chopping root vegetables in the canteen of the Sun Pat peanut factory on the Old Kent Road. Then the wet London nights, with the Doodle Bugs slipping through the sky like huge silvery fish. It's not until she's under an umbrella with Jonathan - dark hair and seaweed eyes - that Stevie finally starts to sense safety. Meanwhile, Michael Royston's memories are squashed into a shoebox (along with Queen Matilda's Dicken Medal for bravery) ready for his move into hospital. Years ago, he trained military carrier pigeons for the Royal Corps of Signals in Cairo so it's ironic that his own homecoming has taken a lifetime. Michael has never been good at putting things into words; he's more comfortable with the click of Morse code. But Anna, a young healthcare assistant, has the patience - and rare tenderness - to eke out his story. And so he begins.
I ordered these books from Amazon. They are going to be the reading material for the staff book group that I've been asked to run at the school where I am the Librarian.
The trouble is reading adult books is not my favourite past time. I'm a Children's Librarian for a really good reason: I love children's and YA fiction. I am passionate about it. Adult fiction, not so much. So anyway, I selected these two titles because they are debut novels and this will be the first meeting of the group. I thought looking at first novels would be a good theme to begin with.
What do you think? Did I make a good choice for the group? Should I be singing and dancing about having two new books because we should try to read outside our comfort zone from time to time?
Please inspire me!