In January 2020, I decided that I needed to read more.

This section of the site is dedicated to the books I'm reading, those I have read, and those that are on my reading list.

How to be right: in a world gone wrong
Author: James O'Brien
ISBN: 9780753553121
Publisher: Penguin
Publication date: 2019
Pages: 232

Summary

Every day, James O'Brien listens to people blaming benefits scroungers, the EU, Muslims, feminists and immigrants. But what makes James's daily LBC show such essential listening, and has made James a standout social media star, is the careful way he punctures their assumptions and dismantles their arguments live on air, every single morning. In How to be right, James provides a hilarious and invigorating guide to talking to people with faulty opinions. With chapters on every lightning-rod issue, James shows how people have been fooled into thinking the way they do and in each case outlines the key questions to ask to reveal fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards

1984
Author: George Orwell
ISBN: 9780141187761
Publisher: Penguin
Publication date: 2004
Pages: 400
Series: Penguin Modern Classics

Abstract

1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party's power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party's department for propaganda, Winston Smith's job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair. As he writes the words 'DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER', his personal rebellion begins.

Author: Sarah Waters
ISBN: 9780349011431
Publisher: Virago
Publication date: 2010
Pages: 512

Abstract

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, its owners - mother, son and daughter - struggling to keep pace. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.

Author: Michelle Paver
ISBN: 9781788549578
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 2019
Pages: 368

Abstract

In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father.
When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened.

Maud's battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen - and the even more nightmarish demons of her father's past.

Spanning five centuries, Wakenhyrst is a darkly gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl's longing to fly free by the bestselling author of Dark Matter and Thin Air. Wakenhyrst is an outstanding new piece of story-telling, a tale of mystery and imagination laced with terror. It is a masterwork in the modern gothic tradition that ranges from Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Neil Gaiman and Sarah Perry.

Author: Susan Hill
ISBN: 9780099288473
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Publication date: 1998
Pages: 208
Price: 8.99

Abstract

Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows.

Recently added to my bookshelf

  • How to be right: in a world gone wrong
    Author: James O'Brien
    ISBN: 9780753553121
    Publisher: Penguin
    Publication date: 2019
    Pages: 232
     
  • 1984
    Author: George Orwell
    ISBN: 9780141187761
    Publisher: Penguin
    Publication date: 2004
    Pages: 400
    Series: Penguin Modern Classics
     
  • Author: Michelle Paver
    ISBN: 9781788549578
    Publisher: Head of Zeus
    Publication date: 2019
    Pages: 368
     
  • Author: Sarah Waters
    ISBN: 9780349011431
    Publisher: Virago
    Publication date: 2010
    Pages: 512
     
  • Author: Susan Hill
    ISBN: 9780099288473
    Publisher: Vintage Classics
    Publication date: 1998
    Pages: 208
    Price: 8.99
     
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