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Bodies by Jed Mercurio

Published November 21, 2022

Bodies by Jed Mercurio

This was the first novel written by TV bigwig Jed Mercurio, and it’s very different from the other one I read (Ascent). It follows the early days of our protagonist’s career in a hospital, with the very many challenges faced by young doctors - all the pressure from the scheduling, the lack of funding, the difficult patients, and worse than all of these, the colleagues. The main focus of the story is whether our hero should turn whistleblower or not after a number of things go wrong and are covered up. It’s a very difficult read but very well written and the stress and tension just leap off the page.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Published March 4, 2022

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I picked up this audiobook in a sale, if I’m honest, purely because Dawn French was reading it. It was quite a dark tale, considering the audience, but Dawn’s reading really brings it to life. I enjoyed it but I don’t know that it will stick with me, particularly. Except the concept of having buttons for eyes… that’s too much.

Sahara by Michael Palin

Published September 13, 2021

Sahara by Michael Palin

Palin’s journey this time takes some sandy footsteps through the world’s most famous desert. It’s an interesting premise and visits some fascinating places - not all steeped in sand, obviously, but quite a lot of them featuring soaring temperatures and desperate poverty. This book also chronicles how the journey took place at the same time as 9/11 was happening on the other side of the world.