Review no 38: Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75), The Snow Queen and other stories (Denmark)

EUROPE What better choice for Christmas Eve than a cold, seasonal fairy tale from that master of the form, Hans Christian Andersen? When I was very young, we used to visit my grandparents, and in the evening I would be put to bed with a selection of the few children’s books that my grandmother kept […]

Review no 25: Hanne Ørstavik, Love (Norway)

I loved this short, sharp shock of a novel. Think you’re a bad mother? It’s ok, you’re not as bad as Vibeke.

Review no 1: Tove Jansson (1914-2001) , The True Deceiver (Finland)

Translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal EUROPE **** “I loved this book. It’s cool in both senses of the word, understated yet exciting …. The characters still haunt me.” – Ruth Rendell It wasn’t until I went to an amazing exhibition on the life and work of Tove Jansson at Dulwich Picture Gallery in […]