Booklover Mailbox – Winter Traffic, Record of a Night Too Brief, Land of Hidden Fires & Our Tiny Useless Hearts

Winter Traffic Stephen Greenall, Record of a Night Too Brief Hiromi Kawakami, Land of Hidden Fires Kirk Kjeldsen, Our Tiny Useless Hearts Toni Jordan

Excited by the diversity of the titles that have been added to my reading list recently, and we even have a paperback copy of one of these to giveaway internationally!

Winter Traffic by Stephen Greenall

This debut novel from Stephen Greenall is one of the 2017 releases by Aussie Authors I’ve been particularly looking forward. According to Matthew Condon, “Australian literary crime fiction has a new and lethal gunslinger in Stephen Greenall. His tough but lyrical sentences fire off the page like shotgun shrapnel, and his turns of phrase upend the genre.” Recent release, review copy from Text Publishing.

Update: Read our 4+ Star Review

Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami

My recent enjoyment of Hiromi Kawakami’s The Nakano Thrift Shop led me to seeking out more of her work.

This volume includes the three stories “A Snake Stepped On”, “Missing” and “Record of a Night Too Brief” which together won the Akutagawa Prize in 1996. Filled with fantastically multicoloured images and unexplained collapses in time and place, these highly surreal, meticulously worked stories of longing and disappearance, love and loathing are the work of an enormously talented writer at the top of her game.

Recent release from Pushkin Press (translated into English by Lucy North), my own purchase.

Land of Hidden Fires by Kirk Kjeldsen

Last week we welcomed Kirk Kjeldsen to Booklover Book Reviews and he shared with us how his own family history (incl. some great old family photos) inspired his latest novel. PLUS thanks to Grenzland Press we currently have a paperback copy to giveaway (open internationally) – ENTER NOW.

Recent release, review copy from Grenzland Press.

UPDATE: Read our 3.5+ Star Review

Our Tiny, Useless Hearts by Toni Jordan

Having been thoroughly entertained by Toni Jordan’s earlier titles Addition and Fall Girl, I’ve been looking forward to reading this.

‘A new Toni Jordan is always a special pleasure and her latest is a wonderful, witty treat of a novel: cutting and clever, and yet so very romantic, as though P. G. Wodehouse had satirised life in the suburbs.’ Liane Moriarty

Recent release of second edition paperback, review copy from Text Publishing.

Update: Read our 4.5+ Star Review

Which of these titles most interest you?

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