This month we have two brand new and both wonderful choices for you to read along with the rest of us, both from authors we've featured on the book club in the past. One is brand new and set in contemporary Ireland, one is a brilliant retelling of a 500 year old play...
I don't need to tell you much about Donal Ryan if you've been a reader for the last 4 years. In All We Shall Know he hasn't moved any more than a few miles down the road from his first novel The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December or even almost all of his recent short story collection A Slanting Of The Sun..
It starts with Melody Shee telling us she is pregnant, not by her husband but by a local traveller boy she's been teaching. This is the story of what happens next.
Our second choice this month is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series where prominent authors rewrite his plays as modern novels. Here Margaret Atwood bring us her Tempest within a Tempest withing a Tempest. Felix is the artistic director of a famous theatre festival ousted from his position by someone close to him. He then spends the next few years living remotely planning his revenge, ultimately with the theatre class he teaches in a local prison who are putting on a classic play by Shakespeare...
Just be aware the latter isn't out until October 6th but it's very much worth the wait.
You can read along and argue out your loves and hates in this month with almost 4,000 other Irish book lovers by joining us here.
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