Jackie and a group of fellow rebel women have escaped the Authority's repressive regime, forming a militia in the far north of Cumbria. Sister, brought to breaking point by the restrictions imposed on her own life, decides to join them. Though her journey is frightening and dangerous, she believes her struggle will soon be over. But Jackie's single-minded vision for the army means that Sister must decided all over again what freedom is, and whether she is willing to fight for it.I was inspired by James Naughtie's discussion with Sarah Hall in Radio 4's Bookclub archive. Sarah Hall's collection of short stories The Beautiful Indifference impressed me with its descriptive prose, so I think this will be a good read.
Next through the letter box was the collection of essays Stop What You're Doing and Read This. I missed this on Radio 4's Book of the Week back in January. I'm looking forward to dipping in to the essays by Mark Haddon, Jeanette Winterson and others.
Still to arrive are Peter Ackroyd's book London Under and Italian Neighbours by Tim Parks. The latter is an attempt to rekindle interest in my Italian course which is being sadly neglected with all this reading.
I'm off now to finish Before I Go To Sleep. The housework and Italian verb conjugations will just have to wait a little bit longer.