Posts from ‘December, 2012’

Farm Lane Book Awards 2012

I’ve already listed the best books published in 2012 and my favourite reads of the last year, but there were many other books that stood out for different reasons. Here are the other books that deserve a special mention: Best treatment of a difficult subject: The Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks This book looks at the way […]

My Favourite 2012 Reads

I’ve read lots of amazing books this year. I’ve already posted my list of favourite books published in 2012, but what about the older ones? Here are the back-list titles that impressed me the most: Native Son by Richard Wright  An American classic that deserves more attention. This gripping story is one of the most […]

Doppler by Erlend Loe

 Translated from the Norwegian by Don Shaw and Don Bartlett Five words from the blurb: father, live, forest, elk, existence Doppler is a lovely little book. It gripped me from the very first page and I read the entire thing in a single day. It was unusual in that it was both powerful and entertaining; […]

Jerusalem by Gonçalo Tavares

Translated from the Portugese by Anna Kushner Five words from the blurb: lonely, together, pain, human, impulses I hadn’t heard of Tavares until Stu listed him as one of the best writers alive today. I decided to investigate and discovered that Saramago, one of my favourite authors, was also a fan, saying: Tavares has no right […]

The Best Books of 2013? Part 2: Debut Authors

Last week I posted: The Best Books of 2013? Part 1: Authors We Know and Love This time it is the turn of new authors. Here are the 2013 releases that caught my eye: Note: UK release month shown, date may be different in other countries. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis Hutchinson, January […]

The Best Books of 2012

2012 has been an amazing year for fiction – I think the quality of the books published this year has exceeded that of 2011 by a long way. I’ve recently updated my list of the Best Books of 2012 and will continue to do so if I read anything worthy of inclusion in the final few […]