Posts from ‘July, 2013’

Heaven and Hell by Jón Kalman Stefánsson

 Translated from the Icelandic by Philip Roughton Five words from the blurb: Iceland, boat, fishing, tragedy, solitude I’m going to Iceland soon and so have been trying to track down as much fiction from the country as possible. Heaven and Hell has been on my wishlist ever since I read Kim’s 5 star review and so […]

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

 Translated from the Japanese by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell Five words from the blurb: autism, childhood, son, inside, head I love David Mitchell’s books and try to read as much about autism as possible, so I was very happy when an unsolicited review copy of this book dropped through my letter box. The book is […]

The 2013 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The longlist for the 2013 Booker Prize was announced earlier today. I wasn’t surprised that I managed to predict so few of the contenders – it is such a strange year for fiction! Nothing seems to be outstanding so far, but as many of the longlist haven’t been publihsed yet I’m hopeful that there are a […]

Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach

Five words from the blurb: email, facts, identity, why, life Kiss Me First is one of the most modern books I’ve ever read. Its insights into social media use and online identity are so relevant to today’s society that it will make readers look at their online activity in a whole new light. The book […]

Three Booker hopefuls that didn’t work for me…

For the last few weeks I’ve been trying books that have been tipped for the Booker longlist. Some I’ve enjoyed, but some just haven’t been for me. Today I thought I’d explain which ones weren’t to my taste, but please don’t let that put you off reading them – all are good enough to justify a […]

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

Five words from the blurb: family, farm, rape, tragic, consequences Joyce Carol Oates was one of those authors I’d always wanted to try. She has written over forty novels so it was difficult to know where to start, but a quick Twitter conversation suggested We Were the Mulvaneys might be her best, so I bought a copy. […]