BOOK CORNER A new topic in the Bugle, because no film can ever be better than a good book. I thought I make a start with two of my latest reads. But I know there are many people reading a lot in Benwick, so please send in your favourite books, children books, or audio books for the next edition to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than Mon, 19.02.2018. I am Pilgrim, by Terry Hayes (Thriller) Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, the head of a secret espionage unit writes the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone. It is a textbook murder - and Pilgrim wrote the book. What begins as an unusual and challenging investigation will become a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion. Pilgrim will have to make a journey from a public beheading in Mecca to a deserted ruins on the Turkish coast via a Nazi death camp in Alsace and the barren wilderness of the Hindu Kush in search of the faceless
man who would commit an appalling act of mass murder in the name of his God. We read quite a lot of crime stories and thrillers, and there are many good ones. But this book plays in a different league. Susanne’s vote:
Elmet, by Fiona Mozley (Modern Fiction) Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned sour and fearful. They lived in the house that Daddy built for them with his bare hands. They foraged and hunted. Sometimes Daddy disappeared, and would return with a rage in his eyes. But when he was at home he was at peace. Daddy told them that the little copse in Elmet was theirs alone. But that wasn’t true. Local men, greedy and watchful, began to circle like vultures. All the while, the terrible violence in Daddy grew. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, this is a book I had to stop reading for a moment inbetween to breath in and calm down. It is incredibly intense, and wonderfully written. I loved the detailed observation of nature as much as I dreaded the end of the story, which is set in our time. about this family. Big story in my opinion. Susanne’s vote:
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