Books I read in September 2022

Giants and gods, saints and heroes. Djinns and dragons. Loss and exile from one’s homeland.


A fascinating and place-focused retelling of some of the oldest British stories: gods and giants, heroes and saints. Not really folklore as these were never (or rarely) orally transmitted; these were literary tales concocted by people who wanted to link the origins of the British people to classical mythology.

The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye

I decided to reread this because we went to see the film based on it, Three Thousand Years of Longing. The book is still just as good as I remembered; it’s one of my favourite novellas.

Russian Winter

It took a while to get into this novel, but once I had, it became intriguing. Why was Nina the ballet dancer avoiding Grigoriy? Why did she leave Russia? And would Grigoriy find new love?

You took the last bus home

A collection of Brian Bilston’s poetry. Whimsical and fun, occasionally poignant.

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