Posts from ‘June, 2012’

Little Princes by Conor Grennan

Five words from the blurb: Nepal. children, volunteer, reunite, families Earlier in the year I asked people to name their favourite narrative non-fiction books. Little Princes was mentioned by so many people that I felt I had to get a copy. Having read it I can see why they love it – Little Princes is an inspiring […]

The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall

 Note: This book is also known as Daughters of the North Five words from the blurb: escape, repressive, world, women, remote I loved Haweswater and How to Paint a Dead Man, so have been keen to try some of Sarah Hall’s other books. The Carhullan Army is a dystopian novel, set in the near future. Like her other novels […]

The Book of Answers by C. Y. Gopinath

 Shortlisted for 2012 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Five words from the blurb: India, satire, world, problems, society The Book of Answers is a clever satire of society. It shows how willing people are to look for the easy answer to their problems and how politicians can be made to believe anything if it helps their career. […]

Do Martin Amis and Katie Price write in a similar way?

Last week the Huffington Post produced a quiz highlighting similarities in the writing of Martin Amis and Katie Price. I scored 5/10, showing that I could not tell which quotes were written by Martin Amis, a respected literary novelist, and which were written by Katie Price, an author often ridiculed in the press for her poor […]

HHhH by Laurent Binet

 Translated from the French by Sam Taylor Five words from the blurb: mission, assassinate, Nazi, novelist, truth There has been a lot of hype surrounding this book, but it is all justified. HHhH breaks the mould, creating a new genre that will change the way you look at non-fiction and lead you to question the accuracy […]

Quiet by Susan Cain

Five words from the blurb: introvert, extrovert, divide, theory, society Quiet is a book that analyses the way introverts are treated in America. It aims to raise the self confidence of quiet people and prove that they have a vital role in society. In the book Susan Cain, a self-proclaimed introvert, explains how she conquered her […]