Posts from ‘August, 2011’

A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards

 Long listed for 2011 Booker Prize Five words from the blurb: mother, murdered, guilt, memories, violence I’m pleased to announce that this year’s Booker long list has finally rewarded me with a wonderful book. I wouldn’t have discovered A Cupboard Full of Coats if it hadn’t been on the long list and so my efforts […]

Book Blogger Appreciation Week and the Best of Farm Lane Books

Book Blogger Appreciation Week is an annual event celebrating the work of book bloggers and I’m pleased to announce that my blog has been long listed in the Best Literary Fiction Blog category. Thank you to all who nominated me! It is lovely to know that you appreciate the work I put into my blog and to […]

The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall

Five words from the blurb: Lake District, atmospheric, farm, labourer, secrets I lived in the Lake District for several years so always enjoy reading books based in the area. The Proof of Love provided me with everything I needed to reminisce about life in the Lakes, but I question whether it will appeal to those unfamiliar with […]

The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes

 Winner of 2011 Booker Prize Five words from the blurb: retired, memory, imperfect, insight, past The Sense of an Ending is a quiet, reflective book and if you know me then you’ll immediately hear the alarm bells ringing. This book has virtually no plot and, unlike the fabulous Anne Enright, Julian Barnes failed to to engage […]

The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah

  Translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan Five words from the blurb: boy, friends, island, prison, Jewish The Last Brother caught my attention earlier this year when several of my favourite bloggers started to rave about it. I’m really pleased that I acted on their recommendations as this is a fantastic little book that deserves a […]

Titus Alone – Mervyn Peake

Five words from the blurb: escapes, city, zoo, traitor, home Titus Alone is the third book in the Gormenghast trilogy, but whilst the first two are amongst the best books I’ve ever read, Titus Alone was a big disappointment. Titus leaves the wonderfully atmospheric surroundings of Gormenghast castle and arrives in a modern city. Both the […]