Posts from ‘October, 2013’

October Summary and Plans for November

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 […]

The Skinning Tree by Srikumar Sen

 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 […]

Quick Reviews: 419, Wild and The History of Mary Prince

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, […]

Beneath the Darkening Sky by Majok Tulba

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 […]

Books I’ve Abandoned Recently

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 […]

Eleanor Catton wins the 2013 Booker Prize!

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!