Posts from ‘October, 2015’

The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: boy, family, world, awakening, growth The Mountain and the Valley is a classic piece of Canadian literature, but is virtually unheard of in the UK. It was brought to my attention by David, a regular commenter on this blog. He persuaded me to give it a try, […]

Books in Brief: The Seed Collectors, Fates and Furies and Soil

 Source: Free review copy received from publisher The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas Five words from the blurb: woman, love, struggles, seeds, parents I’ve enjoyed many of Scarlett Thomas’ previous books (especially The End Of Mr. Y) so was looking forward to reading this one. Unfortunately it was a departure from her usual style and I didn’t […]

The Utopia Experiment by Dylan Evans

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: collapse, civilization, Scottish, community, depressed I love reading books about the collapse of civilisation* (strange aren’t I?!) and frequently wonder whether I should move to the country and become self-sufficient in preparation for the breakdown of society. So, when I came across this book about a man who […]

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: hidden, gender, observations, society, secret The Underground Girls of Kabul is a fascinating investigation into the lives of Afghani girls who are raised as boys. The practice is secretive, but widespread, and occurs for a variety of reasons. Male babies are prized because they protect the family, bring […]

Books in Brief: I Let You Go, Unbroken, Where My Heart Used to Beat

 Source: Personal Copy I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh Five words from the blurb: tragic, accident, escape, mystery, consequences I read I Let You Go because it was chosen by my book club. It is a fast-paced thriller about a woman whose child is killed by a car. Some elements were fantastic, but I […]