Posts from ‘September, 2011’

Titus Awakes – Maeve Gilmore and Mervyn Peake

Five words from the blurb: Gormenghast, Titus, bravery, free, past Earlier this year the fourth novel in the Gormenghast series, Titus Awakes, was published. The book was discovered in a Maeve Gilmore’s attic nearly 30 years after her death and is Gilmore’s attempt to complete the fragments of a novel that her husband, Mervyn Peake, left behind. Titus […]

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Five words from the blurb: circus, dark, dazzling, world, imaginative   About six weeks ago a beautiful book dropped through my letter box. I knew nothing about it, but was immediately impressed by the design and the quotes on the cover. Out of curiosity I read the first page and became so hooked that I ended up […]

Hen’s Teeth – Manda Scott

 Short listed for 1997 Orange Prize Five words from the blurb: mysteriously, dead, hens, scientists, Glaswegian Hen’s Teeth is a thriller set on a farm near Glasgow. One of the farm’s owners is discovered to have died from a heart attack, but because her brother died in the same way, just two weeks earlier, her friends are […]

Book Lamp: The Scientific Way to Choose your Next Book

Book Lamp is a new site which uses a scientific approach to compare books. By analysing numerous different aspects of both content and writing style the site compiles over 30,000 data points for each book. These are then processed to obtain the “book’s DNA” which then can then be used to compare it to other books. . I […]

Absent – Betool Khedairi

 Translated from the Arabic by Muhayman Jamil Five words from the blurb: Baghdad, apartment, bombings, arrests, honey Absent is set in a crowded Baghdad apartment building and follows the lives of the residents as they endure bombings, arrests and the international sanctions of the 1990s. The central character is Dalal, a young woman who was abandoned at birth. Living with […]

Caribou Island – David Vann

Five words from the blurb: Alaska, marriage, unravelling, storms, life Legend of a Suicide was one of my favourite reads in 2009 and so I was excited about trying David Vann’s latest book. Unfortunately, despite being equally well written, it didn’t have the same impact on me. Caribou Island is set on a remote Alaskan island and […]