My Sand Life, My Pebble Life, by Ian McMillan (Adlard Coles, 2022)

Subtitled “a memoir of a childhood and the sea,” this is a kinda non-chronological autobiography, capturing moments of poet McMillan’s love affair with the British coastline and of working-class family holidays then and now. Light, whimsical in places, and charming and heartfelt. Cleethorpes features prominently, as it rightly should.

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My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England.

No Encore For The Donkey, by Doug Stanhope (no publisher indicated, 2022)

Developed from an Audible Original spoken word piece, a diary of sorts of 2016, focusing on Stanhope’s road life and his relationship with partner Amy “Bingo” Bingaman. Planet Stanhope is an interesting place to visit, and this is funny and bleak at the same time, but the journey’s a rough ride nevertheless. Opinions may vary about the extent to which self-loathing sometimes on display here is well-earned and/or entirely justified by behaviour and selfishness.

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My own books are here, if that’s your thing. Newest is noir thriller East of England.