Posts from ‘April, 2012’

Autofiction by Hitomi Kanehara

 Translated from the Japanese by David James Karashima Five words from the blurb: love, disturbed, woman, sinister, meaning I love Japanese fiction and so snapped up this book when I saw it in my local library. The title refers to the practice of writing fictional autobiographies and so it is hard not to think about how […]

Two Gripping Reads

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash Five words from the blurb: autistic, violence, tragic, religion, family A Land More Kind Than Home is set in North Carolina and follows the family of Christopher, an autistic boy who is murdered during a church service. The book is based on real events and reveals the shocking […]

The 2012 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Shortlist

Yesterday the 2012 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize shortlist was announced. The prize is Awarded for best first book and is open to writers from the Commonwealth who have had their first novel (full length work of fiction) published between 1 January and 31 December 2011. The shortlisted books are: Asia Rebirth by Jahnavi Barua (India) The Wandering Falcon […]

A Division of the Light by Christopher Burns

Five words from the blurb: woman, robbed, witnessed, camera, changed I am heavily influenced by endorsements from certain authors and I’d probably have avoided this book if it hadn’t received a rare endorsement from Kazuo Ishiguro. A story about an obsessive photographer didn’t appeal to me, but having read it I have to agree with Ishiguro […]

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Five words from the blurb: American, family, murdered, crime, killers In Cold Blood is a modern classic. I’d heard so many positive comments about this true crime book that I was convinced I’d fall in love with it. Unfortunately, although I can see why it played an important role in the development of the genre, I’m afraid […]

The 2012 Orange Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2012 Orange Prize has just been announced as: My thoughts on the shortlist The 2012 Orange shortlist contains an eclectic mix of books. All are well written and none look out of place on a prize shortlist; but whilst I’m not surprised by the inclusion of any single book, the shortlist as a whole […]