What I read in January 2019 (Part 3)

I chose two “How to” books from the Fiction section, having a bit more time to spare than usual when I went to the library. Did the fashion for fiction with titles sounding like non-fiction begin with A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian?

The first book I chose was How to Measure a Cow by Margaret Forster, whose writing I have been enjoying recently. It is set mainly in Cumbria, but partly in the south of England. The characters are well-drawn and the mystery behind the main character is revealed slowly. I found it to be a page-turner.

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The second book was How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. It is a fascinating book, well researched and well-written. Although this is definitely a book for adults, it had some similarities in content with a children’s book I read and reviewed – King of Shadows by Susan Cooper. Coincidentally I reviewed that book in the same post as A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (linked above).

Apart from the “How to” in the titles, these two books have a few other similarities. Both explore assumed identities and differences in culture between places in the same country among other things. I recommend them both wholeheartedly.