October was an amazing reading month for me. I read four outstanding books (a 5* review is coming soon!), which I think is a record for me. All were very different in terms of style and content, but I highly recommend them all. Books of the Month The Last Banquet is an atmospheric story set […]
Posts from ‘October, 2013’
Winner of the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia Prize Five words from the blurb: India, boy, school, tragedy, regime The Skinning Tree is set in India during the 1940s. It tells the story of nine-year-old Sabby, a boy who is sent to a boarding school in Northern India. Being away from Calcutta is meant to […]
The History of Mary Prince by Mary Prince Five words from the blurb: black, slave, Caribbean, London, document The History of Mary Prince was the first narrative of a black woman to be published in English. There is no doubting its historical significance and the role it played in the abolition of the slave trade, […]
Shortlisted for 2013 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Five words from the blurb: child, soldiers, Africa, plight, resonates Beneath the Darkening Sky is a very important book. It highlights the plight of African child soldiers; explaining how they end up carrying guns and murdering people at such a young age. It is narrated by Obinna, a nine-year-old […]
It’s been a while since I mentioned books that I’ve abandoned and as a consequence there are quite a few! Here are the books that failed to hold my attention in the last few months: A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard Five words from the blurb: relationships, parenthood, life, honesty, write I loved […]
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton has just won the 2013 Booker Prize! I’m very pleased. It wasn’t quite to my taste, but it deserved to win and I correctly predicted it would last week. It is always wonderful when the best book wins…I only wish I’d put a bet on!