Posts under ‘2013’

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

 Translated from the Finnish by Lola M. Rogers The Rabbit Back Literature Society is a book that I’d seen lots of praise for on Twitter so when I received an unsolicited review copy of the new paperback release I was interested to see if it would live up to the hype.  The beginning of the […]

The Mouseproof Kitchen by Saira Shah

Five words from the blurb: baby, disabled, motherhood, France, cookery The Mouseproof Kitchen is a searingly honest book about the mixed emotions experienced by parents when they have a disabled child. The book begins with Anna giving birth to Freya, a baby with profound disabilities. Freya will never be able to walk or talk like […]

A Sting in the Tale by Dave Goulson

Shortlisted for 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction Five words from the blurb: bumblebee, expert, protect, research, dangers I picked up a copy of this book because the author was planning to talk at my local library. I didn’t have a particular interest in bees, but Dave Goulson is an inspiring man and he’s made […]

From the Fatherland, With Love by Ryu Murakami

  Translated from the Japanese by Ralph McCarthy, Charles De Wolf, and Ginny Tapley Takemori Five words from the blurb: Japan, invaded, North Korean, troops, death From the Fatherland, With Love is a political thriller which describes a scarily plausible series of events in which North Korean special forces invade Japan. The book begins with […]

Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter

Five words from the blurb: mother, soldier, Afghanistan, courage, love I received a review copy of this book last summer, but it didn’t make it to the top of my TBR pile as military stories aren’t normally my thing. Luckily I was persuaded to give it a try by David, one of my regular commenters. […]

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Five words from the blurb: botanical, explorer, woman, independent, evolution The Signature of All Things was the best novel I read in 2013. It is a rich, atmospheric story about one woman and her passion for moss. I know that sounds like the dullest premise imaginable, but Elizabeth Gilbert has woven horticultural details with amazing […]