What I read in October

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.

Sarah Millican: How To Be Champion

Full disclosure, this book is the autobiography/personal manifesto of one of my best mates who also happens to be one of the biggest names in British Comedy. I thought I knew what to expect but honestly, there was a lot in here that I didn’t even know. There’s the humour you’d of course expect, but Sarah is incredibly honest about the difficulties that she has experienced in life too. The highest compliment I can pay it is that the book is almost as good company as the woman herself. It is profane, profound, inspiring and hilarious and I bloody loved it.



No Justice – Sean Platt and David Wright

I’ll be honest, I’m normally a massive wussie when it comes to horror. I get to the same part in The Shining where Stephen King describes an arm breaking and I can’t get any further. I’m glad I picked up No Justice though – it’s a brilliantly taught psychological thriller which is a really compelling read. Fair warning: it really is a dark book and not for everyone but wow, it really did grip me from start to finish. If you like your thrillers with a darker edge then this is definitely the book for you.



Lexicon – Max Barry

Oddly, I think I picked this up because I heard Sean Platt raving about it on a podcast. When I realised it was written by the same author who wrote Jennifer Government, which and absolutely corker of a book, I snapped it up straight away. I’m glad I did too – it was fantastic. It’s an entirely new take on I guess what you could almost refer to as magic. the idea is that the human mind can effectively be hacked with the right combination of words. It is a great concept and I’ll be honest, that makes me a bit wary. I’ve read a lot of books where the execution didn’t live up to the concept but this one really does. It takes the basic idea and really goes to interesting places with it. Only criticism – I read it and listened to it on audio – the narration was largely great but someone should have definitely checked the female narrator could do an Aussie accent before signing her up! Still though, a fantastic and genre defining book.

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