Posts from ‘January, 2012’

A Year of Abandoning Books

This time last year I resolved to abandon any book that failed to excite me. When I made that resolution I failed to appreciate how difficult this task would be, but a year down the line I’m getting better at it, having learnt a lot more about my reading personality. How Does it End? The […]

Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall

 Shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize Five words from the blurb: vivid, child, grief, eccentric, family Astonishing Splashes of Colour is a vivid account of the grief felt by one woman because of her inability to have children. The central character, Kitty, desperately tries to be happy but every time she sees a child she is […]

Riding the Black Cockatoo by John Damalis

Five words from the blurb: Australia, skull, Aboriginal, return, descendants Riding the Black Cockatoo is the memoir of an Australian man whose family displayed an Aboriginal skull on their mantelpiece for 40 years. He decides to return it to its native home, discovering lots of facts about Aboriginal people along the way. This book has recently become […]

The Devotion of Suspect X – Keigo Higashino

  Translated from the Japanese by Alexander O. Smith with Elye J. Alexander Five words from the blurb: Tokyo, ex-husband, shattered, Police, genius I hadn’t heard of this book until one of my sister’s friends recommended it to me, but I love Japanese thrillers and so decided to give it a try. I’m pleased that […]

Two Realistic Tales of English Life

  Glasshopper by Isabel Ashdown Five words from the blurb: family, turbulent, childhood, secrets, alcoholic Glasshopper contains a dual narrative covering the childhood of a boy called Jake, growing up in 1980s Portsmouth, and that of his mother coming-of-age in the 1960s. Jake’s childhood is a troubled one. His father has moved out and his mother is […]

Some of the best books aren’t very good?

Whilst compiling a list of my favourite 2011 books  I noticed a strange thing. Many of the books I remembered vividly were ones I hadn’t enjoyed, whilst I often forgot about the seamlessly good ones. Re-reading my reviews produced some interesting findings. I seem to remember the books with an excessive number of coincidences, or characters that behave in […]