Posts from ‘October, 2011’

October Summary and Plans for November

October was a good reading month for me. I finished 14 books and most of them were of a high standard. Books of the Month Books Reviewed in October Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe The Fat Years – Chan Koonchung Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry The Poison Tree – Erin Kelly  Gillespie and I – Jane […]

The Fat Years – Chan Koonchung

 Translated from the Chinese by Michael S. Duke Five words from the blurb: China, truth, memory, cheerfulness, world The Fat Years is billed as “the notorious thriller they banned in China”, but closer inspection reveals that the fictional elements of this story are minimal and I think it can be more accurately described as a controversial exposé […]

The Best and Worst

Today I’m taking part in Alyce’s Best and Worst Feature, talking about an author who has written a book I love, as well as one I didn’t enjoy at all. Head over to her blog to see which author I picked.

The Sound of Gravity – Joe Simpson

I have read and loved all Joe Simpson’s non-fiction books; torn between admiration of his courage and disbelief at the way he repeatedly puts himself in danger. I was unaware that he’d made the move into fiction writing until this book popped through my letter box, but I’ve since discovered that this is actually his second fiction […]

Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance is my favourite book and so you’d have thought I’d have gone out and read all of Mistry’s books straight away. The reality is that I was too scared to read them – I knew my expectations were far too high and didn’t want to be disappointed. I eventually built up the courage […]

The Booker Prize Announcement

Last night the Booker Prize was awarded to Julian Barnes for Sense of an Ending and although I didn’t enjoy it I was pleased because I thought it was the most deserving book on the shortlist. In the run up to the prize announcement I normally do a prediction post, but as you’ve probably seen […]