These are what his Goodreads page would term 'To-read', to which he's very specifically added his own category 'by the bedside'. He says it's a little intimidating to go to bed last thing at night and waken up first thing in the morning to piles of books that he's desperate to read but can't quite find the time for.
The problem, it seems is that his wife reads so much quicker than he does, and with many shared tastes in novels she constantly fizzes through books then lobs them over to his side of the bed with a 'that's a great book – read it'. And he wants to: it's just that there aren't enough hours in the day.
On the other hand, he's only too aware how lucky he is. With such a cornucopia at hand, he knows just what a joy it is to have the chance to choose from such riches.
So – what do you feel? Would that collection of books as yet unread get you down? Or would it have you licking your lips? Answers below, please...
Gordon Lawrie's own books can all be found at the
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