Books Bought, June 2014.
Books Read, June 2014.
‘A Death In Brazil: a book of omissions,’ Peter Robb
‘Inverting The Pyramid: the history of football tactics,’ Jonathan Wilson
‘Futebol: the brazilian way of life,’ Alex Bellos
‘City Of God,’ Paolo Linu
‘Combat Camera: from auntie beeb to the afghan frontline,‘ Christian Hill
It is now August, the World Cup has been over for weeks, and I am safely back in the UK after two glorious months in Brazil, preparing my next adventures, (Oxford, Southend-on-Sea, New York, Lisbon, the usual…and after this month, who knows?).
It is time to put away childish things, (football, collecting Panini stickers), and return to the more important things in life, (literature, collecting the last dozen Panini stickers I need to complete my collection).
So after weeks and months of neglect I am back book blogging.
Try not to cheer so loud.
A little delayed, here is my (understandably) subdued tally for June: an entire month spent on the streets, beaches and in the football stadium of Salvador de Bahía, a fascinating mix of blissful coastal paradise and crime-filled colonial crumbling cityscape.
Just a few books read, as I was busy with the sister blog (still available and going strong here), with attending every game held in the Northeastern town, and with generally going out, having fun, and realising that I actually do understand Portuguese after six months in Lisbon, it just requires someone to use a Brazilian accent and not the drunken buzz of Portuguese Portuguese for me to prove it.
Shockingly, this is the first month I can remember where not a single book was purchased, a combination of not having time to read the dozen books that had made the grade to join me in my suitcase, (the books, I mean, I wasn’t in my suitcase at any point), and there being only one second hand bookshop in Salvador that I could find, and from which I didn’t purchase anything from until July.
The books I took with me and read were, understandably, all either on Brazilian life or football, or in the case of ‘Futebol‘ both. Since I plan to spend the next few months writing a book on my time in Brazil, and the World Cup, I didn’t want anyone to say I hadn’t done my research.
All of the books were excellent, and will feature in next week’s blog; Christian Hill‘s ‘Combat Camera,’ a first-hand account of his creating puff pieces for UK media outlets in the Afghanistan war, was sent to me by the publisher for review purposes, (and feel free to keep them coming: I may have struck out 0 for 2 so far, but I’m sure there will be something which I love enough to review at some point!).
Sadly, I didn’t love it enough to review it.
It’s good to be back, readers!