Posts under ‘2012’

The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling

Five words from the blurb: English, town, Council, revelations, duplicity  I enjoyed the Harry Potter books, but wasn’t interested in reading Rowling’s books for adults as I didn’t think her writing quality would stand up to the transition. I was convinced that the hype surrounding this book was due to who she was, rather than the […]

Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland by Sarah Moss

Five words from the blurb: Iceland, living, volcano, people, remote A few years ago I read Night Waking by Sarah Moss and loved it, so when I discovered that she’d written a memoir about her year living in Iceland I was especially keen to read it. In 2009 Sarah Moss got a job teaching English Literature […]

I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

 Translated from the Icelandic by Philip Roughton Five words from the blurb: Iceland, isolated, suicide, vanished, terrifying Iceland is very suited to scary stories – the isolation, the dark days, and the snowy weather all combine to produce a chilling atmosphere. I planned to read this book in Iceland, but after reading the quotes on […]

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

Five words from the blurb: cancer, pain, moving, personal, death I hadn’t heard of Christopher Hitchens until my book group suggested this as our next read. Having researched his life I’m sad that I wasn’t aware of him before, but I hope to read more of his books in the future. Christopher Hitchens was a controversial journalist who […]

Absolution by Patrick Flanery

Five words from the blurb: South Africa, past, family, crimes, truth Absolution is set in post-apartheid South Africa and looks at truth, censorship and whether or not it is possible to forgive past mistakes. The book concentrates on Clare Wald, a South African novelist, who has decided to commission a biography of her life. She […]

The Uninvited by Liz Jensen

Five words from the blurb: child, violence, Asperger’s, psychological, connect As you may know, I make an effort to read as many books as possible that contain characters with Asperger’s syndrome. On Autism Awareness Day Hannah pointed out that The Uninvited fitted my criteria and so I added it to the top of my wish-list. By a strange […]