This monthly blog post is where I discuss what I’ve been reading and what I’m hoping to read soon. I do this for no other reason than I’m a bit of a book geek and it’s fun to get all excited about my favourite authors.
What I’ve read this month:
So, Graham Norton, an Irishman famous as a celebrity interviewer and TV personality wrote an Irish crime novel! I know, the nerve – we already have one funny fella writing those books – the nerve! What’s worse, he only went and did a brilliant job. I listened to the audiobook of this and absolutely loved it. It is extremely well written and Norton has a brilliant eye for the human condition. The audiobook comes highly recommended as Norton’s performance is top notch – the man is al all-round talent, I hate him more than I can say!
I straight up love this series. I’ll be honest, I tried a couple of the new Bond books and they didn’t grab me at all. He is very of his time and this feels like a much fresher take on the genre. My advice is read the books before the inevitable films. The writing is very skilful and it manages to pay homage to the genre, while throwing in the odd knowing wink – none of which takes away from the plot which is the heart-pounding thrill ride I’ve come to expect. Hurwitz is the gold standard for espionage thrillers.
I’m a big fan of some of Stephen King’s work – in the sense that The Green Mile is in my Top ten films, as is the Shawshank Redemption. Personally, I’m way too much of a wuss to read the horror stuff but I gave Mercedes Man a whirl a few years ago and loved it. Stephen King hasn’t had a great career, he has had about four of them. Turns out he can turn his talents to the crime thriller as that book and this sequel of sorts proves. I say ‘of sorts’ as you don’t really have to have read the first one to enjoy this. It’s both a thriller and a celebration of the joy of books. If you’re like me and a squeamish soul, it turns out King still has plenty for you. I’m looking forward to reading the finale of this trilogy.
And what am I reading this month?
Look at how clever my mates are edition!
Now, in the interest of honesty, let me say that Sarah is one of my closest friends so I’m a long way from unbiased. Having said that, she is one of the finest comedians in the world and a brilliant writer, so I’m amazingly excited to read this. I know how much of herself she put into it and she is an extraordinarily gifted storyteller. It’ll be a bit odd to read what is sort of an autobiography of someone you’ve known for years but she is one of the warmest people you could possibly meet, so I fully expect this to be a glorious read. (NOTE: seems to not come out in hardback in the US until March 2018, but it is out for Kindle Oct 5th!)
Again, at the risk of coming across as a proper show-biz ‘lovie’ Pierre is a good mate of mine and I was so excited to read this book, I actually backed it! Pierre is a wonderful comic but also quite the big brained thinker and I know this book combines his comedic touch which some big concepts. If you’re the kind of person who likes to think long and hard about science and spirituality, this could be the book you’ve been looking for. I’ve actually already started reading – loving it so far – it opens with an author employing guerrilla tactics to distribute his book. A cracking open – I’m excited to hop back into bed with Pierre this evening(in a manner of speaking.) Bonus: He also help me pick the engagement ring Mrs Caimh has on her finger – the man has many talents.
In a swap from the love-in nature of this section so far, I’m delighted to say – I don’t know Adam well at all. In fact, I’ve only met him twice I think. He is a comedian but he’s also a doctor, which is the genesis of this book. It is all about his time working for the National Health Service in Britain and it has frankly had the media in the UK going bananas. The reviews I’ve read have been exceptional. He seems to have combined the humour you’d expect with a fascinating insight into the ridiculous pressures on the NHS. It’s a rare thing when a book can be both funny and open your eyes to how the world works.
As always, feel free to let me know what you’re reading or drop me a recommendation at Caimh@WhiteHairedIrishman.com