Posts from ‘March, 2012’

Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg

 Longlisted for 2012 Orange Prize Five words from the blurb: islands, family, love, minister, hardship Island of Wings is set on the remote Scottish island of St Kilda and focuses on Neil and Lizzie MacKenzie, a young couple who arrived on the island in 1830. Neil MacKenzie is a minister who aimed to improve the lives […]

The 2012 TV Book Club

The TV Book Club is now in its third year and continuing to chose a fantastic selection of books. I normally find my favourite book of the year on the list and this time I was doubly pleased to see that two of my favourite reads from 2011 made the cut: You Deserve Nothing – Alexander Maksik A book that […]

Five Discarded Oranges

The Orange longlist was recently announced and I’m making an effort to try every book in the hope I’ll discover a few gems. I’m aware that many of the books won’t be to my taste and so am abandoning any that fail to excite me. These are the books that I’ve abandoned so far: The Flying […]

The Submission by Amy Waldman

 Longlisted for 2012 Orange Prize Five words from the blurb: 9/11, memorial, Muslim, conflict, tragedy The Submission is a topical book, detailing the outcome of a “what if” scenario in which a Muslim wins the competition to design the 9/11 memorial. The plot switches between multiple narrators, giving the reader the opportunity to see the situation from […]

Is reading about an event as good as being there?

A few days ago I read a fascinating article about how reading affects the brain. Recent neurological research suggests that: The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life. At first I dismissed this as nonsense. I have read lots of books about […]

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

 Winner of 2011 National Book Award Five words from the blurb: hurricane, threatening, family, pregnant, pit bull When the Orange longlist was announced last week several people voiced their surprise that Salvage the Bones was missing. Intrigued by their passion I decided to give it a try and having read it, I agree. This book stands head […]