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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Published October 13th 2017
Read your way to refreshment
Reading offers an escape. The opportunity to sit still in a chair, yet be transported to another world, flown by a writer's words. In the weekday rush, life can be very traumatic, but on the weekend? There is a chance to immerse oneself in another's story. To float away. This October, I have been doing exactly that with the novels of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.

In England, it is now Autumn. The weather is rainy and unwelcoming, and as such is perfect for curling up with a book in the warm, on the sofa. I did this with relish recently, with Murakami's novel 'The Wind Up Bird Chronicle'. This book is an epic 600-page page-turner, and I loved every minute of it. Sitting and reading, I was reminded that a person does not need to venture outside just to experience something. The story kept me gripped until the last page. I shall not reveal anything, other than to say that this is a surreal and thrilling read, packed full of mystery and wonderful description.

Unsatisfied by reading just one novel, I went out and bought 'Wind Pinball', which is a two-novel collection of Murakami's debut writings. In this, I discovered a shared love of the most ordinary and routine activities. Amongst others, playing pinball, cooking and enjoying a beer. Murakami describes everyday activities beautifully, and with a refreshing honesty. His characters also spin wonderful webs of storytelling, which I enjoyed navigating. I thoroughly recommend this book.

I suppose that this article caters to those folks seeking something to do with a spare weekend. If you can carve out a little space and time, then why not investigate this unusual and remarkable author? Reading any of his novels is an enjoyable experience, and with over twelve to choose from, who knows what you might discover? Happy reading.

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Why? A wonderful writer, who transports his reader to all sorts of places
When: All times
Where: Wherever, whenever
Cost: Typically 8 per novel.
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