Good Books to read with a Beer in a Pub

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I can count on one hand the number of times I have patronised a tavern on my own. However, I often see people up a corner turning the page of a book whilst enjoying a quiet beer or two. Consequently, I thought I would recommend a few paperbacks that may appeal whilst waiting for the next train or hoping for the first glass of a cask on the "Coming Soon" beer menu.

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Jean Hanff Korelitz : "The Plot" [2021]

This book was highly recommended on "A Good Read," the Radio 4 arts programme in which Harriett Gilbert and guests rave about a tome that has floated their bookmark. I think. It could have been on "Open Book." Either way, it sounded like a must-have suspense thriller. Certainly, it was being raved about by many critics. I whizzed through this novel in a couple of sessions as it is quite a page-turner. However, it was not the jaw-dropping climax I was hoping for. Firstly, because it was predictable and I saw it coming from the other side of the book shop. And, secondly, the so-called 'greatest plot ever' did not have the impact I had hoped for - perhaps I have read or viewed too many Scandi-noirs to be shocked by anything! Perhaps I am being harsh as the Washington Post review by Maureen Corrigan stated "The plot of The Plot is so ingenious that it should be assigned as required reading in the very MFA programs it pinions." My criticisms aside, I did enjoy the book, an easy read that will engage readers whilst enjoying a beer in a quiet corner of the pub.


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