Thanks to all who made it in March for some lively discussions as per usual, and looking forward to April (which should also bring spring with it :-) ) .
The two books chosen for April are:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Volume One in the Trilogy of Five by Douglas Adams, nominated by Sue.
On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
It’s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he’s an alien. At this moment, they’re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON’T PANIC.
The weekend has only just begun…
The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in our Times by Barbara Taylor, nominated by Steve P.
The Last Asylum begins with Barbara Taylor's visit to the innocuously named Princess Park Manor in Friern Barnet, North London -- a picture of luxury and repose. But this is the former site of one of England's most infamous lunatic asylums, the Middlesex County Pauper Lunatic Aslyum at Colney Hatch. At its peak this asylum housed nearly 3,000 patients -- among them, in the 1980s, Barbara Taylor herself.
The Last Asylum is Taylor's powerful account of her battle with mental illness, set inside the wider story of the end of the UK asylum system.
Hope you enjoy one or both of the books :-)
The other books nominated for April:
Perfume by Patrick Suskind
Carrie by Stephen King
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Dead Man's Land by Robert Ryan
Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie