Posts under ‘1980s’

Familiar Wars by Julietta Harvey

 Source: Free review copy received from publisher Five words from the blurb: Greek, boy, massacre, uprooted, family Familiar Wars was originally published in 1987, but was re-released last week to coincide with the publication of the sequel, One Third of Paradise. I hadn’t heard of Julietta Harvey until review copies of these books fell through my […]

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Five words from the blurb: mice, monastery, attack, evil, rats  Redwall is a classic of children’s literature. I didn’t read it as a child, but my husband has fond memories of it and so bought a copy for our boys. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try and so offered […]

The Cow by Beat Sterchi

 Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann Five words from the blurb: cow, relationship, man, abattoir, village I was drawn towards The Cow because it is set in a small Swiss farming village at a time when Swiss mountain dogs were used to herd cattle and pull milk carts. As the owner of a Bernese […]

Restoration by Rose Tremain

 Shortlisted for 1989 Booker Prize Five words from the blurb: King Charles II, Court, love, mistresses, grace Restoration is a special piece of historical fiction that manages to be entertaining whilst retaining plenty of period atmosphere. Set in 17th century England, the book follows Robert Merivel, a medical student, who finds himself inside the court […]

Two Abandoned Nobels

 Translated from the German by Joachim Neugroschel The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek Elfriede Jelinek won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004 Five words from the blurb: Vienna, emotional, self-destruction, intensity, porn The Piano Teacher is an unrelenting, intense tale of one woman’s self-destruction. Erika is a piano teacher who lives with her controlling mother. […]

The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

Five words from the blurb: killed, brother, unconventional, bizarre, cruel I have had The Wasp Factory on my shelf for a long time, but I’d been too scared to read it. How could I possibly enjoy a book about a child who enjoys murdering children and torturing animals? In a bold moment I decided to […]