Saturday, 17 December 2011


There's only so much self-improvement a girl can take.  It was time for a break from Middlemarch and Colloquial Italian.  I really needed a damned good read.

The road to hell (and heaven) is paved with book recommendations.  I suspected The Guardian's Books of the Year to be a little too highbrow for my current purpose, so I turned to my Open University friend Cathy and her blog Cathyreadsbooks for inspiration.  I've never met Cathy, but from what I know of her writing and her blog I feel that we're on the same wavelength.  What's more, I think she knows a good read when she sees one.  So when she said that Damage by Josephine Hart was one of her favourites, I knew it was worth a try.

I wasn't disappointed.  A successful middle-aged man has an affair. But this is no ordinary affair; it's obsessive, all-consuming and the woman in question is his son's girlfriend. It's shocking and horribly compelling.  I'd forgotten that guilty pleasure of devouring a book in one sitting, so thank you Cathy for reminding me.


  1. Have finally caught up with your blog Karen and as usual you've inspired me. I think I'll have to read this one.

  2. Hey Mari, good to hear from you. Happy reading!

  3. Sounds like another good Cathy recommend. Isn't it great to sit and devour a book... if only I had the time right now!

  4. I'm finding a surprising amount of reading time at the moment. I think it must be Christmas denial!

  5. 'Damage' was a strange one for me. Read it in two goes so you're right it's compelling but I didn't enjoy it. Usually if I don't enjoy a book it doesn't get finished. Odd one for me but glad you recommended it.

  6. I wonder if it's one of those books you either love or hate?


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