Posts from ‘January, 2011’

Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks

Five words from the blurb: infected, Plague, village, death, survive Eyam is a small village in rural Derbyshire. In 1665 the village tailor received a parcel of cloth from London. Unknown to him, fleas harbouring the deadly plague were contained in the package and within a week he was dead. It wasn’t long before other members […]

The Hand That First Held Mine – Maggie O’Farrell

 Winner of 2010 Costa Book Award for Fiction Five words from the blurb: Soho, birth, motherhood, women, connected. The Hand That First Held Mine has a dual narrative which follows two women who are separated by 50 years in time, but dealing with many of the same issues. The first thread follows Lexie, a 21-year-old girl, who […]

The Waterstone’s 11: The best debut fiction of 2011?

On Monday I explained why I love debut novels and so it will come as no surprise that I was interested in Waterstone’s new initiative to highlight debut literary fiction. Last week they revealed the first Waterstone’s 11: a selection of 11 debut novels which will be published in 2011. A panel of Waterstone’s staff read around 100 submissions […]

Why I Love Debut Authors

I LOVE DEBUT AUTHORS!! In fact if I had to choose between only reading debut novels for the rest of my life, or eliminating them completely, I would choose the former. I know that most of you think I’m mad. In the last few weeks I have seen several tweets/comments knocking debut authors and even […]

Wolf Totem – Jiang Rong

 Winner 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize Translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt I bought a copy of Wolf Totem after I met The Book Whisperer and she raved about it. It is her favourite book of all time and as I love books set in Asia I decided to give it a try. Wolf Totem is set on the […]

The Spider Truces – Tom Connolly

The Spider Truces is a coming-of-age novel set in rural Kent. That description would normally send me running in the opposite direction, but I was intrigued by the second thread of the book focusing on spiders. I was immediately pleased that I decided to give it a try as in the same way that The Behaviour of […]