What we're reading - 12 July 2019

News - Books Friday, 12 July 2019

The BookBrunch team reveal what's on their bedside tables

Jo Henry
I don't usually read short stories, but am enjoying George RR Martin and Gardiner Dozois's Rogues (Titan Books), partly in the hope of finding some more fantasy authors as good as Joe Abercrombie and Patrick Rothfuss, who both feature in the collection.

Lucy Nathan
I've just finished Water Shall Refuse Them (Dead Ink), a debut folk horror novel by Lucie McKnight Hardy, which was intense and evocative - you could really feel the heat of the 1976 heatwave. Just started Whisper Network by Chandler Baker (Sphere), heralded as the new Big Little Lies - so far, so good!

Julie Vuong
On a recent visit to Vintage, publishing director Beth Coates gave me a copy of Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Perez, about the inequities and dangers women face in a world designed for men. I'm trying to up my non-fiction reading, and this is a very of-the-moment look at discrimination through data.

Neill Denny
I'm two-thirds of the way through Appeasing Hitler, by Tim Bouverie (Bodley Head), the story of Chamberlain's doomed attempts to stave off a conflict with Germany. It's a bit of history often overlooked in the rush to get to the main event of the war itself. Despite the fact we know the ending, there is a certain gloomy fascination in seeing where it all went wrong. Absorbing book, made all the more impressive by the fact it is a debut. At a time when our European relationships are under scrutiny as never before, it's salutary to see just how bad it can get...

Nicholas Clee
Temporary Kings, volume 11 in Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time. Once I've finished volume 12 I'll have to go back and start again, this time with a better chance of keeping track of the characters.

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