Here at EPIC, we all meet once a week over Zoom to chat about what’s happening in the museum and to keep each other up to speed on various museum projects. Last week, however, we decided to change things up a bit and asked everyone to share what book they’re reading during lockdown. The result? A great variety of books, ranging from magical realism, dramas and even original short stories. We’ve even got some recommendations for books on happiness and being fully present in your life. Who knows, you might emerge from this lockdown healthier and happier than you’ve ever been. Check out the staff reviews below and find a new book to get lost in during this strange time.
Title: Voices of Evil
Author: G.M Hague
Review: A deranged Gallipoli veteran locked in a padded cell. The grisly deaths of two young women. An ancient charm in a metal tin. Brendan comes across this mysterious charm and terrifying events ensue. On his journey to discover more about the charm and its history Brendan becomes embroiled in a battle for his sanity and safety. This is a great ghost mystery story and I loved it.
CEO & Museum Director
Title: The Mirror and the Light
Author: Hilary Mantel
Review: This is the third book in a trilogy- it follows Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, both of which were winners of the Booker Prize. Hilary Mantel brings a novelist’s insights, blended with research of extraordinary depth and quality, to get inside the mind of Thomas Cromwell, as he rises from poor beginnings through Tudor society at a time of transition for the Crown, the court and the church. He gains the enmity of members of the long-established aristocratic families who resent his influence and wealth and who plot against him. It will not end well!
Catherine Smith McKiernan
Title: Constellations – Reflections from Life
Author: Sinéad Gleeson
Review: A lovely collection of essays that tells the story of not just a woman, but a woman in Ireland. The author delves into the journey of life – art, illness, ageing, grief, and reflects on how we look at life. The book both challenged and supported my thinking – it’s a beautiful read and I would recommend.
Education & Outreach Manager
Title: The Book of Lost Things
Author: John Connolly
Review: Set in WWII England, this book is a bittersweet, dark, magical and inventive meditation on growing up that uses the vehicle of Brothers Grimm-esque fables to explore the relationships between fantasy and reality; the history and power of storytelling and imagination; and family, love, loss and jealousy. Disclaimer: not for kids!