Posts under ‘2008’

The Blue Fox by Sjón

 Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb  Five words from the blurb: Iceland, priest, Down’s Syndrome, landscape, fate The Blue Fox is a confusing little book. It only really makes sense once you’ve finished it and have had plenty of time to reflect on the beautiful, but often strange passages. The book is set in Iceland […]

Monster Love by Carol Topolski

 Longlisted for the 2008 Orange Prize Five words from the blurb: perfect, next door, gullible, alive, wrong A few weeks ago I read Kim’s review of Carol Topolski’s new book, Do No Harm, and noticed that Kim described Topolski’s earlier book, Monster Love, as:  “…one of the most disturbing novels I’d ever come across.” These words are […]

The Story of Forgetting – Stefan Merrill Block

Five words from the blurb: Alzheimer’s, truth, forgetting, family, history The Story of Forgetting is a novel about a rare form of Alzheimer’s that affects sufferers at a devastatingly young age. Seth is just fifteen-years-old when his mother is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. He realises that he knows very little about her past and so decides to investigate, discovering some surprising […]

Leviathan – Philip Hoare

  Winner of the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction Five words from the blurb: whales, humans, Melville, history, gigantic I didn’t mean to read Leviathan this month, but I picked up a copy and couldn’t put it down. Leviathan contains everything that you’d ever want to know about whales; including their natural history, their interactions with […]

Star Gazing by Linda Gillard

I don’t read many romance novels, but I received an email from the author explaining that this book had been short-listed for 2 awards in 2009 – Romantic Novel of the Year and the Robin Jenkins Literary Award, the UK’s first environmental book award. This combination of awards intrigued me and so decided to give it a try. I […]

The Well and the Mine – Gin Phillips

The Well and the Mine has one of the best opening lines I’ve ever come across: After she threw the baby in, nobody believed me for the longest time. But I kept hearing that splash. The book is set in a small American mining town during the 1930s and gives a vivid portrait of a […]