Posts under ‘2011’

Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius

Five words from the blurb: trapped, body, mute, control, extraordinary Ghost Boy is probably the most inspiring book I’ve ever read. It is an autobiography explaining how the author regained the ability to communicate after being trapped inside his own body for a decade. At the age of twelve, Martin Pistorius succumbed to a mysterious […]

Mice by Gordon Reece

Five words from the blurb: bullying, women, timid, shattered, control Ignore the weird romance-like cover, this book is a dark, fast-paced thriller. Many bloggers raved about Mice on its release four years ago, but I never got around to reading it. Then last week I was looking for a light, but gripping read and stumbled […]

Heaven and Hell by Jón Kalman Stefánsson

 Translated from the Icelandic by Philip Roughton Five words from the blurb: Iceland, boat, fishing, tragedy, solitude I’m going to Iceland soon and so have been trying to track down as much fiction from the country as possible. Heaven and Hell has been on my wishlist ever since I read Kim’s 5 star review and so […]

Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld

 Translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green Winner of the 2012 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Five words from the blurb: Holocaust, Jewish, boy, hides, brothel Blooms of Darkness is set during WWII and follows an eleven-year-old Jewish boy as he is forced to leave his family and hide from the Nazis in a brothel. Blooms […]

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Five words from the blurb: Hurricane Katrina, flooded, neighbours, nightmare In 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans. Zeitoun is the true account of what happened to one man, a hard working resident who stayed in the city to protect his property and ended up in prison suspected of terrorism. This is the kind […]

The Hand of Fatima by Ildefonso Falcones

 Translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor Five words from the blurb: Christian, oppression, Moors, Arab, conflict It has taken me over six months to complete this 970 page epic. The book gives a detailed history of 16th century Spain, revealing the horrific violence that took place in Grenada when the oppressed Christians battled against the Arabic Moors. […]