Books I’m reading now include:
Iain M Banks: Surface Detail. He has single-handedly restored my faith in science fiction. Iain was at Lennoxlove Book Festival last weekend, but I didn’t get the chance to speak to him, being too busy setting up the Great Hall for other events.
Stephen Fry: The Fry Chronicles. This one’s mainly his luvvy period in Cambridge and after.
John Irving: Last night in Twisted River. Struggling a bit with this one, which is unusual for me, as I’m very fond of Irving’s writing.
John Le Carré: Our kind of traitor. Not started this one yet.
Günter Grass: The Tin Drum. This is a new translation by Breon Mitchell, and it’s more vivid, more Grass-y, than the Mannheim translation (which was good too).
Pippa Little: Foray; Border Reiver women. I met Pippa in Assynt, and enjoyed hearing her read her Norman MacCaig competition winning poem, now on the Top Left Corner website. I wanted to read more, and the postie delivered this one this morning. She has a new collection coming from Carcanet in 2012. Watch this space – she’s very good.
What about you? What can you recommend?