Im reading 2 books currently, alternately of course, one a novel, the other a more academic non-fiction book.
Non-fiction: Five Irish Women - the second republic 1960-2016, by Emer Nolan.
I just started it and it's quite fascinating, it sets Edna O'Brian, Sinead O'Connor, Bernadette McAliskey, Nuala O'Faolin and Anne Enright into the social, cultural and political context of their time and place. It's not a portrait of their lives and works as such, more a reflection about what they represent in a certain era and atmosphere of Irish history.
The book is insanely expensive to buy, but it's available in libraries (gosh, I love Irish libraries).
Novel:The Beekeeper of Aleppo, by Christy Lefteri.
A beautifully written novel about the plight of Syrian refugees, their lives at home and how it was destroyed, their dehumanisation while trying to escape death and their despair and hope to survive.
The writer used to work in a Greek refugee camp and knows what she is writing about. But still she is not moralising. She created a touching, humane story that keeps you gripped and on a deep level hopeful that us Western people could see these people as desperate human beings, not a mass of unwanted foreigners. Highly recommended.