Posts from ‘January, 2013’

Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson

Five words from blurb: kitchen, history, invention, human, decisions Consider the Fork: A History of Invention in the Kitchen is a light, but thoroughly researched look at the way kitchen utensils have changed over the centuries.  Taking one object at a time, Bee explains how it first came into use and how its shape and popularity have altered […]

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

Five words from the blurb: unicorn, librarians, descent, tradegy, detachment Hard-Boiled Wonderland is my fifth Murakami (I’ve read Wild Sheep Chase, Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore) but although I loved the bizarre scenes, I think I understood this book less than any of the others I’ve read. The book […]

Why I’m no longer a second-hand bookseller

The way it began Seven years ago, whilst stuck at home on maternity leave, I began selling my old chemistry text books online. They sold surprisingly well, so, in an effort to create some space before the baby arrived, I moved onto my fiction collection. I soon realised that having bought the majority of my […]

The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones by Jack Wolf

Five words from the blurb: medicine, faeries, superstition, pain, darkness I don’t normally mention debut novels that I fail to finish, but this one has played on my mind. Books that evoke a strong reaction are far better than boring ones, so please take my opinion as a positive and give it a try – I’d love […]

Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam

Five words from the blurb: kid, reckless, heart, beautifully, idea Lamb is a fast paced, gripping book that questions whether or not it is OK for an adult man to have a friendship with a child. Lamb is fifty-four-years-old when he discovers a girl being bullied. He rescues her and then realises that she is […]

A Trick I Learned From Dead Men by Kitty Alderidge

Five words from the blurb: funeral home, death, mother, deaf, brother A Trick I Learned From Dead Men is a short, but interesting book about two brothers – one of whom works at a funeral parlour. The brothers are adjusting to life on their own after the sudden death of their mother. Ned is deaf […]