Author Archives: Sarah

Nevil Shute – 2 books, neither brilliant.

I have to be slightly careful what I write here, because I know Nevil Shute has an incredibly protective following.  I can sort of understand why.  He has an interesting background, an engineer turned novelist, he emigrated to Australia in … Continue reading

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The Go-Between – LP Hartley

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. Last year I read a book called The White Goddess: An Encounter.  A memoir by Simon Gough, nephew of Robert Graves, about his experiences in Majorca in his late teens. … Continue reading

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Where have I been?!

Oh dear.  It has been exactly a month since my last proper blog post (can you tell I was educated at a Catholic school? That sounds very like a confessional!). The last review I wrote was of Clay by Melissa … Continue reading

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Clay – Melissa Harrison

We are the clay that grew tall. When I was younger, my Dad taught me how to read an OS map.  Not just what the symbols in the legend mean, but how to read the landscape and compare it to … Continue reading

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Q&A with Ben Myers author of Pig Iron

My favourite new book of last year was Pig Iron by Benjamin Myers.  It’s special to me because it evoked such an emotional response when I wasn’t expecting it to.  I still think about it now, many months after first … Continue reading

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Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

Last night I watched the second half of Out of Sight, having not been able to stay up and watch it the other night.  It is a great film and testament again to Elmore Leonard’s ability to write cinematic stories. … Continue reading

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Q&A with translator Jamie Bulloch

I read three books translated by Jamie Bulloch in quick succession, The Mussel Feast, Love Virtually & Every Seventh Wave and so I asked him if he would mind answering some questions about the translation process and his experiences as a translator.  Here’s what … Continue reading

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Every Seventh Wave – Daniel Glattauer (trans. Jamie Bulloch & Katharina Bielenberg)

Love Virtually finishes fittingly but abruptly.  I’ve seen other bloggers say they felt a sequel wasn’t necessary.  You could argue that second Lindt bunny on Easter Monday wasn’t necessary, but it was very nice! It is difficult for me to write … Continue reading

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Love Virtually – Daniel Glattauer (trans. Jamie Bulloch & Katharina Bielenberg)

This may be a bit undignified because I am likely to gush somewhat about this book and its sequel.  In the top left corner of the cover is a quote by author Wendy Holden.  No philosophical platitudes from her, all … Continue reading

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David Peace – Red Riding 1974

Relentless, uncompromising, unyielding, fierce, harsh.  I could add many more one word superlatives to try to describe David Peace’s writing.  I had a brief conversation about Peace with a writer who described his writing as “dazzlingly oppressive” which sort of … Continue reading

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