Posts from ‘March, 2014’

Cold Skin by Albert Sánchez Piñol

 Translated from the Catalan by Cheryl Leah Morgan Five words from the blurb: Antarctic, man, castaway, deranged, sea I hadn’t heard of this book, but when I spotted it in a charity shop with an endorsement from David Mitchell on the cover I snapped it up. I’ve had amazing success with Mitchell’s recommendations and this […]

Who will be shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction?

I’ve now tried all the books on the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction longlist and overall I was very impressed by the quality of the books. It is probably the strongest year I’ve ever seen and narrowing it down to six books is a tough job. I cut it down to 11 books very […]

Three books from the Baileys’ longlist

The Dogs of Littlefield by Suzanne Berne Five words from the blurb: dogs, poisoned, manicured, lawns, Massachussetts The Dogs of Littlefield started well, with interesting observations about dog owners. I found their arguments about the shared use of a park interesting as I’m sure the UK will be subject to similar debates about the control […]

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Five words from the blurb: mother, love, stranger, secret, betrayal Labor Day is set in a small American town and begins with thirteen-year-old Harry and his divorced mother looking after an injured stranger. They quickly realise that this man is an escaped prisoner, but he charms them so they agree to hide him from the […]

Reasons She Goes to the Woods by Deborah Kay Davies

  Longlisted for 2014 Baileys Women’s Fiction Prize Five words from the blurb: girl, secret, dark, sinister, lyrical Reasons She Goes to the Woods is a dark story about a deeply disturbed little girl. She is violent and often escapes to the woods in order to be alone. Some reasons for her behaviour are revealed over the […]

My favourites have been released in paperback!

Just a quick post to let you know that three of my favourite books from 2013 have now been published in paperback:  Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon This book will make you look at disability, parenting and society in a whole new light. The world would be a better place if everyone read it. […]