The Year in Books | August 2015

August 5, 2015

Station to Station by James Attlee | The Year in Books | August 2015 | These Four Walls blog

I raced through my July pick for ‘The Year in Books’, I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. I’d chosen this psychological thriller – about a detective investigating a fatal hit-and-run and a woman trying to escape her past in a remote Welsh village – because I thought it would make a good holiday read during my recent trip to Sweden. It certainly did. It was gripping, tense and emotional; the kind of book that had me fighting sleep to read just another page, and then another and another… The author is a former police officer, so I got the sense that both the plot and the procedural details were a little more realistic than you might find in other novels. And, as all good thrillers should, it had a fairly hefty twist that took me completely by surprise.

Like all my choices for ‘The Year in Books’, I Let You Go is set partly in Bristol. To be honest, I didn’t feel the location added much to the plot other than to demarcate different phases in the characters’ lives, but the passing mentions of roads and neighbourhoods I know well certainly made the action seem all the more vivid and immediate.

For August I’ve opted for something completely different: Station to Station by James Attlee. It’s a collection of real-life stories from places along the Bristol-London railway line, and it’s been billed by The Independent as ‘part personal odyssey, part history, part architectural guide, and part reflection on the nature of travel’. I often journey along this route with my head stuck in a book and barely notice the towns and villages whizzing by, so I’m looking forward to discovering some of the tales that lie behind them. And, as I come from a family of railwaymen and grew up travelling by train, I think it might bring on a touch of childhood nostalgia…

‘The Year in Books’ is a monthly blog series run by Laura of Circle of Pine Trees; there’s also a regular Twitter chat where everyone can share recommendations. Head over to the information page to find out more about taking part – and happy reading! 

2 thoughts on “The Year in Books | August 2015

  1. Angela @Little Apple Tree

    Oooh, I very much like the idea of reading books set in your hometown. I shall have to take a look at “I let you go” as the plot sounds very much up my street and I’m a Bristol girl, too.

    “Station to Station” sounds an intriguing blend of fact and fiction. I’ll be interested to hear how you get on with it!

    1. Abi Post author

      Thanks Angela! I’d certainly recommend I Let You Go, and I’ll let you know how I get on with Station to Station!


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