Posts under ‘2000 – 2007’

Gluten-Free Girl by Shauna James Ahern

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: pain, avoid, bread, embrace, fresh Shauna James Ahern was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of 38. This meant that if she ingested any gluten her small intestine would be damaged. She had to completely change her diet – avoiding bread, pasta and processed foods in which gluten […]

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

 Source: Personal copy Five words from the blurb: India, slum, fugitive, prison, redemption Shantaram is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It is an amazing story and the fact that most of it actually happened makes it even more incredible. It may be long, but every single page is a joy to read […]

The Book of Fathers by Miklós Vámos

 Translated from the Hungarian by Peter Sherwood Five words from the blurb: Hungarian, family, generations, gift, epic The Book of Fathers is an epic piece of historical fiction. It follows twelve generations of first-born sons through 300 years of Hungarian history. The book has been a bestseller throughout Europe, but has had less success here […]

In the Time of Madness by Richard Lloyd Parry

Five words from the blurb: Indonesia, violence, cannibalism, besieged, crisis People Who Eat Darkness is my favourite true-crime book so I was excited to read another of Richard Lloyd Parry’s books. Unfortunately In the Time of Madness wasn’t in the same league and I found the brutality too much to bear. In 1997 Richard Lloyd […]

Minor Angels by Antoine Volodine

 Translated from the French by Jordan Stump Five words from the blurb: postcataclysmic, immortal, angels, avenging, dark I bought a copy of Minor Angels after seeing several people (I’m afraid I can’t remember who) raving about it on Twitter. I can see why the book is highly regarded, but my opinion of it is very […]

Strangers by Taichi Yamada

 Translated from the Japanese by Wayne P Lammers Five words from the blurb: ghost, parents, grief, isolation, reality Strangers begins with Harada, a recently divorced scriptwriter, spotting a man who looks like his father. This is impossible as Harada’s parents died when he was just twelve-years-old, but a deep longing leads him to ignore this fact […]