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It’s World Book Night and our literary cup runneth over!

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World Book Night & Recommendations for Reluctant Readers Whether I register to be a giver or not, I always get excited about World Book Night. I didn’t apply this year, but I have been a giver three times before (links to my reviews): The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John Le Carre in 2011, the first WBN. Rivers… Read more »

The Slow Horses meet the Real Tigers

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Real Tigers by Mick Herron This is the third of Mick Herron’s ‘Slough House’ spy novels, following Slow Horses and Dead Lions. Previously, I’d only read the first, Slow Horses, but found that it was alright to jump to the third; the references to the second novel are few and don’t affect the reading of Real Tigers – it stands on… Read more »

Temps Perdu?

Annabel   5th March 2016   18 Comments on Temps Perdu?

In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust – A Graphic Novel Adaptation and Drawings by Stéphane Heuet Translated by Arthur Goldhammer I’ve not got the patience or time to read Proust’s masterpiece, but I’ve always wondered what it was like. When I spotted that French into English publishers Gallic books were bringing out a new English translation… Read more »

Some more Shiny linkiness

Time to share the rest of my Fiction reviews from Issue 8 of Shiny New Books with you – three very different but enjoyable books, click through to read the full reviews, links within the text refer to my previous reviews: The Great Swindle by Pierre Lemaitre Best known for his Verhoeven trilogy, Lemaitre has turned from contemporary fare to… Read more »

“I am a wolf man, who despises the striving of common men”

Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse We often like to read something classic over Christmas for book group, but were a little uninspired when picking back in November. We resorted to reading a list of nobel prize-winners and Herman Hesse came up – we discounted Siddhartha as too mystical and The Glass Bead Game as too long, which led us to Steppenwolf –… Read more »

Shiny Linkiness

Annabel   22nd October 2015   3 Comments on Shiny Linkiness

I reviewed loads of new fiction titles for Issue 7 of Shiny New Books, so I think it’s time to give some of them a plug. Do pop over to read the full reviews – we’d appreciate it, and love it when you leave comments too (same goes for here of course). Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman… Read more »

More from the pre-blog archives…

For a wet bank holiday Monday, I’m revisiting my archives of the capsule book reviews I wrote for myself pre-blog. (For more of these see here.) Having concentrated on 10/10 books in previous posts, I chose some books that I found more challenging this time. I picked the first because I spotted it reviewed on someone’s blog recently – but I… Read more »

The one who survived…

Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin The ARC I was sent of this stylish psychological thriller came bound in black ribbon with a silk flower of the title. I was expecting the book, but wasn’t expecting a daisy – it turns out that what is known as Black eyed Susan in the US is Rudbeckia hirta – of the aster… Read more »

It's a break-up novel…

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler Daniel Handler, best-known as the author of the Lemony Snicket series of books for children has also written several novels for adults; I reviewed one of them – Adverbs – here. Like Lemony Snicket, Adverbs was quirky and full of off-beat humour. Why We Broke Up is a little different in style. It’s still… Read more »

From one dystopia to another …

The Ship by Antonia Honeywell I’m on a watery/eco-thriller/dystopian reading binge at the moment, set off by picking up this novel – I couldn’t resist the colourful cover with its silhouette of a broken London landscape and a nod to the film Titanic. It’s the near-future; the world as we know it is broken. Five hundred specially selected people escape the… Read more »