We're Reading page in the magazine is regularly praised when our readers tell
us what they think of newbooks. So our spanking new website
is the obvious place to add further information about the books we're loving -
and not - and who knows, spark some debate about what's worth seeking out (or
is something I do too rarely these days so it was a revelation to find I'd
picked up Border Songs by Jim Lynch
for a second time. I raved about his debut - The Highest Tide - and would like to think I had a hand in getting
it onto a Richard & Judy list.
Tide failed to catch the public
imagination and I thought that was his fifteen minutes. Not so, because Border Songs - an even chunkier book
and, it has to be said, substantially quirkier than Tide, came out in hardback
last year and in paperback this month.
To date, though, I haven't seen any
coverage of the new title which is all the more reason to bang the drum here.
Please note: this book probably won't work for your reading group (although I'd
love to know if it does) but as a personal read I'd love to see it succeed.
Brandon Vanderkool is a young Border Patrolman trying to stop cannabis being
smuggled from Canada to the US - that's the job description but in fact he's a
gentle giant and semi-autistic to boot with an ear for birdsong, hence Border