New year, new books! Some from Santa, chimney soot still caught in the corners, others courtesy of a pre-Christmas shopping excursion to the Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town. The order is the order in which I’ll probably read them … the Byrne is my current designated bedside reading, while the Finkel, which I’ve already started, and which it would be dangerous to read too close to dream time, is, like its predecessor, The Good Soldiers, cut so close to the bone – and perfectly so – that I can only take it in small doses, a chapter at a time.
Thank You For Your Service : David Finkel
How Music Works : David Byrne
Full Measure : T. Jefferson Parker
Infidelities : Kirsty Gunn
Circular Breathing – The Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain : George McKay
Ancient Sunlight : Stephen Watts
Ex-Ville : Rhona McAdam
… and I shall be slowly but pleasurably working my way through David Kynaston’s history of post-war Britain, with the second volume, Family Britain 1951 – 57.