Women’s Prize shortlister set in and around a haunted bookshop
Page-turning novel about the often false promises of the American Dream for an immigrant family from Cameroon and a US family with a senior Lehman Bros executive as breadwinner.
I’ve chosen my 20 books of summer.
French filth from 1954
A classic of French literature from 1954
The Mermaid of Black Conch, written by Trinidadian-born author Monique Roffey, was the winner of the Costa Book of Year prize in 2020. It is a book that we recently picked for my book club to read, although we have met very infrequently over the past two years, mainly due to the pandemic. It’s a …
Translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke I’ve not stuck to my reading plans lately, but I will probably come back to that in another post. Instead, I’ve found myself reading a few short international reads, including this one, The Following Story by acclaimed Dutch writer Cees (Cornelis) Nooteboom. Although short, it’s not an easy …
Tragicomic masterpiece by one of Ukraine’s most well-known modern writers
An excellent Belfast-set collection of short stories
Emotionally manipulative Afghanistan-set tale of tragedy and redemption