Down Second Avenue is a work of non-fiction, sometimes sub-titled “Growing Up in a South African Ghetto”, that documents the formative years of Es’kia (Ezekiel) Mphahlele, dubbed the “father of black South African writing”. The book was first published in the UK in 1959, and in the USA in 1971, and I read the Penguin …
I read a very enjoyable non-fiction book by Polly Barton, who is a translator of literature from Japanese, which was published by the wonderful Fitzcarraldo Editions in 2021. Fitzcarraldo produce such beautiful books, that I’d be tempted to buy them for home decor reasons alone! Fifty Sounds combines three of my interests: memoir, language acquisition …
I’ve chosen my 20 books of summer.
A thought-provoking, Barbellion Prize-longlisted memoir on living with disability by Norwegian academic Jan Grue
Gripping and thought-provoking prison memoir
A fascinating reflection on the childhood of a Nobel-prize winning author and on the cultural history of Istanbul
Fierce and fearless meditation on disabled identity, art, love and loss
A call for action to curb the ill-use of both people and the natural world in Peru.
Uncomfortable read on climate change in Iceland and the likelihood of impending environmental disaster
Lots of fascinating anecdotes about the experience of winter through the ages