Here’s my highly personal selection of what’s on on at 99p or thereabouts during September:
A Manual for Cleaning Women – Lucia Berlin – cult short story writer recently rediscovered, in the Carver/Ford/Munro/Oates vein
Empire Falls – Richard Russo – not sure I am up for 800 pages but it won the Pulitzer…doesn’t help I confuse him with SF writer Richard Paul Russo.
What a Carve Up! Jonathan Coe – justly celebrated dissection of Thatcherite England, which Coe keeps returning to with diminishing returns
Milkman – Anna Burns – breaking my 99p rule for this, recent Booker winner is £2.49 and one of the best novels written over the last 20 years. For the first 30 pages you wonder what is going on and how you can read on, for the next 200 it has you by the short and curlies.
Very slim pickings.
The Master and Margarita – Bulgakov – lots of his at 99p. I find this one quite hard going, but really enjoyed Heart of a Dog.
The Pigeon Tunnel – Le Carre – his autobiography
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush – Eric Newby – classic travel writing
Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher – more sharp tales from Hollywood
The Reality Dysfunction – Peter f Hamilton – in a very weak month this is the stand-out. The first doorstep in Hamilton’s hard scifi/horror epic that throbs with pulpy energy. Still the best thing he has written.
The Ghost Brigades – John Scalzi – vol 2 of this lauded military scifi series, vol 1 was on offer a few months ago and have not got round to reading, so guess I should do.
The Children of Men – PD James – wonderful novel, never more pertinent
The Franchise Affair – Josephine Tey – looking forward to this, never read any Tey.
The Other Side of Silence – Bernie Gunther 11 – Philip Kerr – moderate reviews for this late entry in the Bernie Gunther series, I have two still to read from earlier on, so may give this a miss.
Cover Her Face – PD James – first in the Dalgleish series. Lots of them in the monthly offer, but I’ll read this first and see what I think.