I'm racing to the finish with Lady Audley's Secret and am quite gripped! There is still time to read it for our book group discussion which begins next Saturday, so if you haven't already done so, grab a copy of this Victorian page-turner and join in.
As a non-fiction contrast, I'm in Italy with Tracey Lawson's A Year in the Village of Eternity, discovering - as the villagers of Campodimele have done - how to live well, and hoping to adopt as much of their modus vivendi as is possible in my very different environment.
Back to fiction, and William Nicholson's The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life which has come highly recommended. I'm not far on with it yet but am so enjoying this portrait of modern marriage and mores, and I'm glad to know that there is a 'sort of sequel' to it, i.e. All the Hopeful Lovers.
Last year when I reviewed Peter May's The Blackhouse (one of the Cornflower Blues of 2011), I said I hoped that he was well on with writing volume 2 of the series because I - and a lot of other readers, as it's been hugely popular - couldn't wait for more of this trilogy. Happily, the second book, The Lewis Man, is now out and I've just begun it. An unidentified corpse has been discovered in a peat bog and the only clue to its identity is a DNA sibling match to a local farmer, but this elderly islander, now suffering from dementia, has always claimed to be an only child. When the man's family turn to detective Fin Macleod for help, he feels duty bound to solve the mystery.
So there are my four this Friday; what are you reading, and do you typically have more than one book on the go at a time?