I was in King’s College Hospital in January between the 12th and the 26th - and since then I’ve been recuperating.
While in hospital I tried to read Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book, but its focus on a pandemic illness and plague seemed unhelpful. So I stopped and read John Le Carré’s The Night Manager instead. I went back to the Willis later, once home.
Anyway, from my time in King’s onwards I read (not necessarily in this order):-
The Night Manager, John Le Carré
The Doomsday Book, Connie Willis
Injury Time, Clive James (I enjoyed this, but still feel his Sentenced to Life is better - or at least it speaks to me more).
Come on Everybody: Poems 1953–2008, Adrian Mitchell. (Good fun).
Family Values, Wendy Cope
The Geek Heresy, Kentaro Toyama (Says stuff we all know, or all should know, and it is a little overlong and American).
The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook, Michael Brooks
Collected Poems, Clive James
The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey (This was really good. I went to look at a copy of the paining in the NPG afterwards)
Mr Darwin’s Gardener, Kristina Carlson (trans. by Emily and Fleur Jeremiah)
Deus Homo, Yuval Noah Harari. (So terrible I found myself thoroughly enjoying disagreeing with it).