Posts from ‘April, 2014’

Books in Brief: The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Idiopathy and Feeding the Ghosts

The Sound of One Hand Clapping by Richard Flanagan Five words from the blurb: immigrants, Tasmania, tragedy, drunken, father I loved Gould’s Book of Fish (which I read pre-blogging), so was excited about trying another of Flanagan’s books. Unfortunately The Sound of One Hand Clapping didn’t have the same impact on me. I found the […]

A Sting in the Tale by Dave Goulson

Shortlisted for 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction Five words from the blurb: bumblebee, expert, protect, research, dangers I picked up a copy of this book because the author was planning to talk at my local library. I didn’t have a particular interest in bees, but Dave Goulson is an inspiring man and he’s made […]

From the Fatherland, With Love by Ryu Murakami

  Translated from the Japanese by Ralph McCarthy, Charles De Wolf, and Ginny Tapley Takemori Five words from the blurb: Japan, invaded, North Korean, troops, death From the Fatherland, With Love is a political thriller which describes a scarily plausible series of events in which North Korean special forces invade Japan. The book begins with […]

When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head

Five words from the blurb: Botswana, outsiders, help, community, farming When Rain Clouds Gather is an African classic. It was first published in 1968 and gives an insight into life in rural Botswana. The book follows Makehaya, a South African convict who escapes across the border into Botswana. In a small village he meets Gilbert, […]

Books in Brief

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren Five words from the blurb: politics, American, community, corruption, success I really wanted to finish this classic, but after 6 months I think I must finally admit defeat. I started to read the paperback, but found the dialogue confusing. I wondered if this would be improved by […]

The 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was announced this morning. I was lucky enough to receive the list a few days ago and was pleased to discover that I’d already read the majority of the books. A Meal in Winter was the only novel I hadn’t tried so I decided to pick […]