Today sees the start of roofbeamreader’s Beats of Summer reading event and I’m really pleased to be taking part. As I’ve said in the past, I came of age reading the Beats in my late teens living in smalltown England and their books have a special place in my heart.

At present, I definitely plan to read “Wake Up” and “The Sea is My Brother”, both Kerouac titles which are new to me. After that, I’m not sure – I re-read the whole of Richard Brautigan’s oeuvre a couple of summer’s back, and loved the lot all over again, but I wonder if it is too soon to go back to his work? We shall see – watch this space!