Posts under ‘1950s’

Walkabout by James Vance Marshall

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: Australia, outback, survival, Aboriginal, cultures Walkabout is a classic book about two American children who become stranded in the Australian outback after a plane crash. They are rescued by an Aboriginal boy who teaches them how to survive in this difficult climate. It is a short, easy […]

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, […]

The Darkroom of Damocles by W.F. Hermans

 Translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke Five words from the blurb: occupation, Holland, assassinations, traitors, impossibility The Darkroom of Damocles is set in Holland during WWII. It centres on Henri, a young man who is approached and asked to perform a series of assignments. These become increasingly dangerous, but his loyalty to the British […]

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  William Golding was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983 Five words from the blurb: boys, marooned, island, transformed, savages There are several large holes in my reading history and Lord of the Flies was one of the biggest. It is so entrenched in our culture that I felt I knew what it […]

The Fish Can Sing by Halldór Laxness

 Halldór Laxness won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955 Translated from the Icelandic by Magnus Magnusson Five words from the blurb: Reykjavik, childhood, singer, fisherman, ethos A few years ago I read Independent People and loved it. The Fish Can Sing isn’t quite in the same league, but it is still an impressive book […]

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

. . . . . . Five words from the blurb: fireman, burns, books, media, insight Ray Bradbury is one of those authors I’ve been meaning to try for a long time, so when I was offered a Folio Society edition of Fahrenheit 451 I jumped at the chance to review it. The book is set […]