Posts from ‘June, 2013’

The Noonday Demon: An Anatomy of Depression by Andrew Solomon

Five words from the blurb: depression, research, history, society, recovery Earlier this year I read Far From the Tree, an outstanding book that made me look at the world in a new light. Keen to repeat the experience I found Andrew Solomon’s earlier book, The Noonday Demon, and am pleased to report that it is […]

Three Quick Reviews

  The Round House by Louise Erdrich Five words from the blurb: victim, attack, Native American, legal, justice I’d been wanting to try Louise Erdrich for a long time and the reviews for The Round House were so good that I was persuaded to buy a copy the moment it was released in the UK.  […]

The Wall by Marlen Haushofer

  Translated from the German by Shaun Whiteside Five words from the blurb: woman, solitude, survival, dystopian, parable The Wall was originally written in 1968 and is hailed as a feminist classic. I’m a big fan of dystopian fiction so I accepted a review copy, keen to see an Austrian take on this genre. The Wall […]

The Best Books of 2013…so far

2013 has been a disappointing year for fiction, but there are a few gems out there. Here are my favourite books of the year so far: The best 2013 release I’ve read is My Notorious Life by Kate Manning. It is an atmospheric book set in 19th century New York. It deals with the controversial […]

2013: A Disappointing Year for Fiction?

In June I always start to compile a list of my favourite books of the year so far, but this time I’m struggling to come up with enough to make a list worth-while. So far I haven’t rated a single 2013 fiction release with 5 stars and the 4.5 star books are few and far between. There are […]

The Blue Fox by Sjón

 Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb  Five words from the blurb: Iceland, priest, Down’s Syndrome, landscape, fate The Blue Fox is a confusing little book. It only really makes sense once you’ve finished it and have had plenty of time to reflect on the beautiful, but often strange passages. The book is set in Iceland […]