Posts from ‘August, 2012’

Native Son by Richard Wright

Five words from the blurb: black, prejudiced, poverty, death, crime Native Son was originally published in 1940. It became a best seller, catapulting its black American author, Richard Wright, into fame and controversy. The book highlights the deep racism that was present within America at the time and is one of the most important books written […]

The War of the Wives by Tamar Cohen

Five words from the blurb: married, husband, dead, wives, battle I was sent a copy of this book by its publisher, but it was a review from Leeswammes Blog that pushed it straight to the top of my reading pile. I’m really pleased that Judith enthused about this book as it was an entertaining read. […]

Communion Town by Sam Thompson

 Longlisted for 2012 Booker Prize Five words from the blurb: city, stories, imagined, diverge, voices I’m not sure how this book ended up on the Booker longlist. The writing quality cannot be disputed, but this book is a collection of short stories and I don’t think you can argue that they are connected enough to […]

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Five words from the blurb: family, friendship, life, AIDS, death I first heard about Tell the Wolves I’m Home in November last year. I went to meet publicists from Pan Macmillan and they were all raving about this book, despite the fact it wouldn’t be published for another 7 months. I have to admit that I was sceptical […]

A Week in Edinburgh

I’ve just returned from a wonderful week in Edinburgh. I visited friends, enjoyed the comedy of the Fringe Festival, and saw some great authors at the book festival. Here are some of the highlights (and one disappointment): Daniel Tammet I have been a big fan of Daniel Tammet since I read his autobiography, Born on […]

The Best Books of 2012….so far!

2012 has been an outstanding year for new fiction – in the first few months I read more 4.5+ star books than I did in the whole of 2011. The positive reviews just keep on coming….. Here are my favourite books of the year so far: HHhH by Laurent Binet  An original, thought provoking look […]