Posts from ‘December, 2011’

A Blogging Break

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying the last few days of 2011. I’ve been rushed off my feet entertaining 7 adults and 4 children and so haven’t had a spare moment for blogging (or reading). Things are a bit quieter now, but in the next few days I’ll be visiting […]

The Most Important Books Published in 2011

Some books are not enjoyable to read – they can be filled with horrific images or reveal uncomfortable aspects of society, but this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be read. The following books contain important messages about society and I think the world would be a better place if more people were aware of their contents. The […]

My Favourite Books of 2011

Over the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed reading all the end of year summaries online, but few ‘best of 2011’ lists contain any of my favourites. Is this because I’ve read more obscure books or because I have an odd taste in fiction?! I’ll leave that for you to decide, but I hope you find some […]

The Best Books of 2012? Part 2: Authors We Know and Love

Last week I posted: The Best Books of 2012? Part 1: Debut Authors This time it is the turn of the authors that we are already familiar with. Here are the 2012 books I am looking forward to reading: Note: UK release month shown in brackets, date may be different in other countries.  (Note: UK cover […]

The Wandering Falcon – Jamil Ahmad

 Long listed for 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize Five words from the blurb: Pakistan, remote, tribal, honour, conflict The Wandering Falcon is set in the remote border region of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan where nomadic tribes travel in order to find food and water. When Partition occurred in 1947 the border controls were tightened, leaving entire communities at risk of drought as […]

Three Slightly Disappointing Reads

The Sandalwood Tree – Elle Newmark Five words from the blurb: Indian, marriage, memories, letters, friendship The Sandalwood Tree is set in 1947 and follows a British couple, Evie and Martin, who move to India with their five-year-old son so Martin can report on the Partition. Evie discovers some letters hidden in the brickwork of their new […]