#amreading – What, Why, While :  Tick Tock by Simon Mayo @SimonMayo @TransworldBooks @aoifsmccolgan

What (am I currently reading)?

I am currently reading the contemporary medical thriller Tick Tock by Simon Mayo, and am excited to be part of the book tour.  Tick Tock was published by Transworld Books (Penguin Random House) in August of this year.

Book Blurb  (taken from https://www.goodreads.com/ )

It starts quietly enough. A tick tick ticking you can hear in your ear. Tinnitus, you think. It will pass. But it doesn’t. It gets worse – and then you pass it on.

Before you know it, it spreads. Elsewhere across the globe, it emerges, small outbreaks at first, contained groups of people, young and old, and suddenly it’s a plague – and ten days later it’s killing people. The hospitals are overflowing and there is no cure. There is a paranoid panic which sets friend against friend, neighbour against neighbour. Where does the world go from here?

In the north London school where it is first discovered, head of English, Kit Chaplin is struggling to understand what he is witnessing. Even eminent bacteriologist and his partner Lilly Slater can’t help him. But as the virus rips through the school and into the outside world, the world starts to take notice. Kit is more concerned about his students – and his young daughter, Rose – but little by little he gets sucked into where this mystery illness might have come from. And how it’s going to threaten his world.

Tick Tock is the compelling new novel from master storyteller and legendary DJ, Simon Mayo. It tells the story of a different kind of pandemic through the eyes of three people at the heart of the storm. Utterly exciting, urgently contemporary, piercingly insightful, it more than confirms the promise of his bestselling and acclaimed first thriller, Knife Edge. 

Why (have I chosen to read it)?

I liked the sound (no pun intended!) of the Book Blurb, so thought I’d give it a go.  This is the first book I have read by Simon Mayo. 

While (I am reading it)

We have been happily living alongside a wasps’ nest, which is positioned a little way from where we pass near to, all summer.  (See internet for all the benefits of wasps!) The speed of growth of the nest in the last few weeks has been a little alarming though, and I’m beginning to wonder what will happen when autumn arrives and their natural foodstuffs diminish.  In the meantime however I’m enjoying the beauty of their nest – plus I’m stocking up on jam in preparation for keeping them happy in autumn. 

All the best, Emma

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.