Posts under ‘2015’

The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy

 Source: Personal Copy Shortlisted for 2016 Wainwright Prize Five words from the blurb: nature, world, destroyed, beauty, sustainable I have now read all the books on the 2016 Wainwright Prize shortlist and I certainly saved the best for last. The Moth Snowstorm is a beautifully written book which explains the crisis facing our planet. I like to […]

The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks

 Source: Library Shortlisted for 2016 Wainwright’s Prize Five words from the blurb: Lake District, farming, generations, sheep, land James Rebanks is a farmer in the Lake District and his family have kept sheep on the fells for generations. This book explains what his life is like and how farming has changed over the centuries. I lived in the […]

A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

 Source: Library Translated from the German by Charlotte Collins Shortlisted for 2016 MAN Booker International Prize Five words from the blurb: mountain, valley, change, solitude, great A Whole Life is only 150 pages long, but it contains a beautiful, perfectly formed, story about the life of one man. Andreas Egger lives in a remote mountain […]

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

Source: Free review copy received from Wellcome Book Prize Promoters Shortlisted for 2016 Wellcome Book Prize Five words from the blurb: Orkney, alcohol, searching, wildlife, hope The Outrun combines beautiful nature writing with an honest account of one woman’s battle with alcoholism. Amy Liptrot grew up on Orkney, but longed to escape the confines of these remote […]

It’s All In Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan

 Source: Library Shortlisted for 2016 Wellcome Book Prize Five words from the blurb: disease, psychosomatic, real, doctors, emotions Stress affects us all. We are aware that we might have a racing heart during an important meeting, but few of us know that it can cause our bodies to react in more extreme ways. Some people can […]

Counting Sheep by Philip Walling

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: British, countryside, history, farmers, change Counting Sheep is one of those rare books with the power to interest the reader in a subject of which they previously had little knowledge. The book gives a complete history of sheep in Britain, explaining how breeds have changed over time to […]