So, back from holidays. Very refreshing. Thankful for lovely time with my family. Loads of washing on the line. Time for a deep breath before the onslaught of another crazy semester of ... well ... I'm trying to not think about it too hard!
I did have a great time reading (surprise, surprise, I hear you cry!) while we were away.
earlier book a few weeks ago). This is a totally different story to Kevin but I still really enjoyed it. It's the story of a couple in their early 50's. The husband has been saving up all his working life for an early retirement. His wife is diagnosed with a fatal cancer and the aggressive treatment required to prolong her life uses up all his savings. It is a complex relational story, but gives a depressing insight into the way the American health system works. Shriver writes with a very black humour but writes in a way that reflects the reality of life. The husband watches his savings disappear to discover at the end of the treatment that his wife's life has only been lengthened by a few months. It does raise a lot of questions about the value of life.
Now - back to the uni books and no more reading of fiction by me! I'm doing a subject on children's literature this semester so I hope there will be some insights I can share from that with you.