Posts under ‘2010’

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

Winner of the 2010 Costa Biography Prize Five words from the blurb: Japanese, carvings, history, family, century Last year I tried to read The Hare with Amber Eyes, but abandoned it after about 50 pages. I was therefore a bit disappointed when my brand new book club picked it as their first title. Unwilling to […]

Little Princes by Conor Grennan

Five words from the blurb: Nepal. children, volunteer, reunite, families Earlier in the year I asked people to name their favourite narrative non-fiction books. Little Princes was mentioned by so many people that I felt I had to get a copy. Having read it I can see why they love it – Little Princes is an inspiring […]

The Master and Margarita: The Graphic Novel

A few years ago I read The Master and Margarita, but although I enjoyed it, I felt as though a lot went over my head. When I saw the graphic novel version I decided to read it in the hope it would shed light on some of the more bizarre aspects of the book. I […]

The Great Singapore Penis Panic by Scott Mendelson

Five words from the blurb: Singapore, terrified, penis, psychiatric, hysteria Every year The Bookseller award The Diagram Prize for the oddest book title of the year. I always enjoy looking at the shortlist, but normally just marvel at the variety of bizarre books out there. This year one title on the shortlist stood out and I was intrigued […]

Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

 Winner of 2010 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction Five words from the blurb: North Korea, repressive, secretive, survival, stories Nothing to Envy is a frightening insight into the lives of ordinary people in North Korea. By interviewing those who managed to escape the oppressive regime Barbara Demick has created a comprehensive picture of what life […]

House Rules – Jodi Picoult

Five words from the blurb: Asperger’s, trouble, police, murder, guilt My eldest son has Asperger’s syndrome so I am always interested in books that deal with the subject. I was impressed by the research that has gone into this book, but I’m afraid the plot didn’t do much for me. House Rules is the story […]