Posts from ‘May, 2015’

Books in Brief: Euphoria, School Blues and In the Beginning Was the Sea

 Source: Personal Copy Translated from the French by Sarah Ardizzone School Blues by Daniel Pennac Five words from the blurb: teacher, saved, pupils, education, dunce School Blues is an important book about engaging with all children, no matter how intelligent they are. There is a lot of wisdom in here, but it is let-down by the […]

Why I Don’t Always Want My Favourite Book to Win the Prize

Last night I went to the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Award ceremony. It was a lovely evening, especially because everyone was gathered there to support fiction in translation. Everyone wants their favourite to win, except me But one thing that stood out was that everyone wanted their favourite book to win the prize. Everyone that […]

Brilliance by Anthony McCarten

 Source: Personal copy Five words from the blurb: invention, light bulb, Edison, electric chair, immorality I’m drawn towards books with shiny gold covers so Brilliance stood out when I was browsing a local charity shop. I’d heard nothing about it, but the simple blurb persuaded me to give it a try: A novel about the brightest […]

Demons by Wayne Macauley

 Source: Free review copy received from publisher Five words from the blurb: friends, remote, stories, society, fiction A couple of years ago I read Wayne Macauley’s debut novel, The Cook, and loved it; so when I was offered a review copy of his new book I snapped up the chance. Unfortunately Demons isn’t in the same league […]

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: intersex, school, secret, damage, parents I don’t often pick books at random from library shelves, but perhaps I should if this choice is anything to go by. For some reason it called to me and once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. Golden Boy is actually […]

The Best Books for…Understanding the Darker Side of Society

Last week I reviewed The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanigahara and realised how much I enjoy reading about the darker side of our society. I love the ability to get inside the head of someone who commits evil acts and for some reason I like it even more if I am able to understand their […]