WWW Wednesday – 13th October

It’s Wednesday again and so it must be time for WWW Wednesday. This is one of my favourite memes and I love reading everybody else’s posts. It’s currently hosted by Sam and it can be found on her blog Taking on a world of words which can be found here. The idea of WWW Wednesday is just to answer three questions about what you are reading, have just finished and are about to read so here goes for this week.

What are you currently reading?

The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex

This is my current read. It’s the story of three lighthouse keepers who mysteriously disappeared from their lighthouse off the coast of Cornwall in 1972. The story alternates between the three men giving an insight into their lives during 1972 and the three women telling their story to a writer twenty years later. That gives 6 different viewpoints and I’m really enjoying how the author makes each voice sound different. They each have a different perspective and each know different things so gradually a picture is emerging.

What have you just finished?

The Improbability of Love – This was OK. The story was quite complicated and there were a lot of different characters to try and keep track of. I did like the mystery about the painting and the back story about how the last owners of the painting had a acquired it. However, I didn’t really enjoy all of the political infighting in the Art world and some bits I felt could have been left out altogether. I think that the author just tried to squeeze too much into the book and that it lost something as a result.

The Last This one started off well with a nuclear disaster occurring and twenty people being stranded in a hotel in Switzerland. However, I didn’t really care about any of them or about the murder that had apparently taken place. I skimmed it to find out how it all ended but wasn’t fussed at all if I finished it or not.

Mayflies I don’t know if I enjoyed this or not but it was certainly a powerful read. The first part is set in 1983 when a group of lads from Scotland led by Tully on a weekend trip to Manchester to see bands and the sights.

The second part takes us to 2017 when Tully has developed terminal cancer. It deals with how each of the characters deals with this. Tully wants to remain in control and insists that he wants to go to Switzerland to die.

It sounds depressing but it really isn’t. My own brush with cancer a few years ago meant that I really empathised with parts of this. It’s touching and heartfelt but not depressing.

Author: JdV

Assistant Head of a large primary school south of Leicester. Currently teaching my final year as I count down to retirement

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