Posts from ‘November, 2014’

Two Disappointing Novellas: The Day of the Owl and The Guest Cat

The Day Of The Owl by Leonard Sciascia Translated from the Italian by Archibald Colquhoun Five words from the blurb: Sicily, murder, mafia, investigation, cold The Day of the Owl begins with a man being murdered in front of a bus load of people. The sawn-off shotgun used in the attack suggests that it is a mafia killing, […]

Three Things You Should Listen to This Weekend

I haven’t read much recently because nothing on the page seems to live up to the quality of the podcasts I’ve discovered. Listening to great stories has the added benefit of being able to do something else whilst enjoying them – perfect for enabling me to continue to sort out my house! Rather than keep […]

I’m Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti

 Translated from the Italian by Jonathan Hunt Five words from the blurb: Italian, village, children, discovery, scare I bought a copy of this book a couple of years ago after seeing several bloggers rave about it. For some reason I expected it to be chilling and so avoided reading it until I could do so in […]

The Lake District Murder by John Bude

Five words from the blurb: body, garage, puzzle, 1930s, village I used to live near Cockermouth, Cumbria so when I saw Margaret’s post on The Lake District Murder I immediately reserved a copy from the library. I’m so pleased I did as it contains some wonderful information about what it was like to live in […]

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

 Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann Five words from the blurb: ordinary, German, postcards, attacking, Hitler Alone in Berlin begins in 1940 with a couple discovering that their only son has been killed fighting in France. Devastated by the news, the couple decide to drop postcards which attack Hitler across the city. This act […]

Three Abandoned Books: The Bone Clocks, Steppenwolf and Random Family

Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc Five words from the blurb: ghetto, poverty, mother, drugs, violence I bought a copy of Random Family after reading a recommendation from Andrew Solomon, one of my favourite authors. Random Family is a fantastic snapshot of a community. It took 10 years of research and the result is a detailed […]