Book Review – THE THIEF by Fuminori Nakamura

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura

The Thief Synopsis:  The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly sometimes he doesn’t even remember the snatch. Most people are just a blur to him, nameless faces from whom he chooses his victims. He has no family, no […]

Book Review – THE DIVING POOL by Yoko Ogawa

The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa

The Diving Pool Synopsis:  Beautiful, twisted and brilliant – discover Yoko Ogawa. A lonely teenage girl falls in love with her foster-brother as she watches him leap from a high diving board into a pool – sparking an unspoken infatuation that draws out darker possibilities. A young woman records the daily moods of her pregnant sister […]

Book Review – THE TRIAL by Franz Kafka

The Trial by Franz Kafka

The Trial Synopsis: The terrifying tale of Joseph K, a respectable functionary in a bank, who is suddenly arrested and must defend his innocence against a charge about which he can get no information. A nightmare vision of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the mad agendas of twentieth-century totalitarian regimes. (Booktopia) Translated from the original […]

Book Review – THE COMBOVER by Adrian N Bravi

The Combover by Adrian N Bravi

The Combover Synopsis: Arduino Gherarducci is the latest in the family line of bald men with ornate combovers. Some combed their hair from one side of the head to the other, some weaved the remnants of their hair together in the middle, but Arduino favors the imperial style of Julius Caesar: forwards, with a fringe. Although […]

Book Review & Giveaway – THE GREENLAND BREACH by Bernard Besson

The Greenland Breach by Bernard Besson

The  Greenland Breach Synopsis: A stylish, fast-paced spy thriller about the intrigue, economic warfare and struggles for natural resources promised by global warming. The Arctic ice caps are breaking up. Europe and the East Coast of the Unites States brace for a tidal wave. Meanwhile, former French intelligence officer John Spencer Larivière, his karate-trained, steamy Eurasian […]

Book Review – I STOLE THE RAIN by Elisa Ruotolo

I Stole the Rain by Elisa Ruotolo

I Stole the Rain Synopsis: I Stole the Rain tells a trio of unforgettable stories from the superstitious Italian province of Campania, where fizzy drinks are delivered by cart, old women sell gold to a furtive clientele, and the tobacconist’s daughter is a prize beyond imagining. In “I am Super Legend,” a local team of […]

German Literature Month – November 2013

German Literature Month

Lizzy @ Lizzy’s Literary Life and Caroline @ Beauty is a Sleeping Cat are hosting the third annual German Literature Month in November, and I’m pleased to say that for the first time I am organised early enough to participate this year. I will be pushed for time, but have decided upon, and have at […]

Book Review – IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELLER by Italo Calvino

If On A Winter's Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller Synopsis You go into a bookshop and buy If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino. You like it. But alas there is a printer’s error in your copy. You take it back to the shop and get a replacement. But the replacement seems to be […]