Better late that never, here’s the March reading list. Just in time for the end of April. It all coincided with full COVID-19 busy-ness so has had to wait a while. Here are the books for the past month:
- Hired by James Bloodworth°
- American Overdose by James McGreal°
- In Extremis by Lindsey Hilsum°
- The People Vs Tech by Jamie Bartlett
- The Myth of Meritocracy by James Bloodworth
- Moneyland by Oliver Bullough
- The Joy of Work by Bruce Daisley
- The Lines Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú
- Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
- Heimat by Nora Krug
- Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
- Criminology: A Very Short Introduction by Tim Newburn
Recommendation of the Month
Looking back this is not an easy choice for this month and there are some fine books here. Heimat is a graphic novel and not the kind of book I would have picked up, if it hadn’t been an Orwell Long List book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Both books by Bloodworth were excellent and I particullarly liked the short punchy nature of The Myth of Meritocracy. Last month I read Myers’ memoir of Northern Ireland Watching the Door and Say Nothing is the perfect companion — it’s easy to see how it won the Orwell Prize. I wasn’t sure I would like Permanent Record and I was completely won over by Snowden. A close runner up for my recommendation this month is The Line Becomes a River which tells of the experiences of Cantú, a border guard patrolling between Mexico and the USA. It is beguiling, haunting and humanises the struggles at the border. Rather wonderful.
However, if recommendations are based on how many times I actually tell people about a book then McGreal hits the spot in American Overdose. You can read the comments and quotes° I picked out. It’s obviously a cliché to suggest ‘all doctors should read this’ but it has been a very powerful stimulus for me while working in clinical settings of dependence and substance misuse. I’ll keep on recommending it to anyone who stands still long enough within earshot.