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THE NAKANO THRIFT SHOP by Hiromi Kawakami, Book Review

THE NAKANO THRIFT SHOP by Hiromi Kawakami, Book Review

The Nakano Thrift Shop is a beguiling story of love found amid odds and ends, an utterly charming novel from one of Japan’s most celebrated contemporary novelists. The Nakano Thrift Shop Synopsis : When Hitomi takes a job on the cash register of…

TALES BY TREES: The Carpenter, Book Review

TALES BY TREES: The Carpenter, Book Review

The Tales by Trees books are a series of illustrated fairy tales for grown-ups. They combine fantasy, nature, wisdom, wonder and folklore into inspiring reading experiences. Each book is a fully self-contained story and does not require familiarity with the…

THE ICE CHILD by Camilla Lackberg, Review: A shocking crime

THE ICE CHILD by Camilla Lackberg, Review: A shocking crime

Camilla Lackberg’s The Ice Child (Erica Falck & Patrik Hedstrom #9) is a thrilling blend of family drama and shocking criminal investigation. Read my full review. The Ice Child Book Synopsis January, Fjällbacka. A semi-naked girl wanders through the woods in…

THE TOKYO ZODIAC MURDERS by Soji Shimada, Book Review

THE TOKYO ZODIAC MURDERS by Soji Shimada, Book Review

Soji Shimada’s 1981 literary debut The Tokyo Zodiac Murders now in translation. The Tokyo Zodiac Murders Synopsis: Japan, 1936. An old eccentric artist living with seven women has been found dead – in a room locked from the inside. His diaries…

THE GIRAFFE’S NECK by Judith Schalansky, Book Review

THE GIRAFFE’S NECK by Judith Schalansky, Book Review

The Giraffe’s Neck Synopsis: Adaptation is everything, something Frau Lomark is well aware of as the biology teacher at the Charles Darwin High School in a country backwater of the former East Germany. It is the beginning of the new school…

Into the Labyrinth by Sigge Eklund, Book Review: A chilling thriller

Into the Labyrinth by Sigge Eklund, Book Review: A chilling thriller

Sigge Eklund’s Into the Labyrinth translated from the original Swedish by Katarina Tucker. Into the Labyrinth Synopsis An eleven-year-old girl, Magda, has disappeared. Her mother Åsa works every clue, obsessively trying to solve the mystery. Is she concerned, or coldly delusional?…

BEAUTY IS A WOUND by Eka Kurniawan, Review: Uniquely appealing

BEAUTY IS A WOUND by Eka Kurniawan, Review: Uniquely appealing

Beauty is a Wound is the first of Indonesian author Eka Kurniawan’s novels to be translated into English. Beauty is a Wound Synopsis: Compulsively readable, Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humour, and romance in an astonishing epic novel,…

CLINCH by Martin Holmen, Book Review

CLINCH by Martin Holmen, Book Review

Martin Holmen’s Clinch… gritty, stylish Scandinavian noir from one of Sweden’s hottest emerging authors. Clinch Synopsis : Stockholm, the 1930s. Former boxer Harry Kvist makes a living chasing bad debts and looking for runaway girls, and has a penchant for rough sex…

Book Review – THE BLUE FOX by Sjon

Book Review – THE BLUE FOX by Sjon

The Blue Fox Synopsis : “When I need something epic and lyrical I call upon Sjón . . . The Blue Fox is a magical novel.” – Björk Set against the stark backdrop of the Icelandic winter, an elusive, enigmatic fox leads…

FARABEUF by Salvador Elizondo, Book Review: Powerful

FARABEUF by Salvador Elizondo, Book Review: Powerful

Farabeuf by Salvador Elizondo, or, ‘The Chronicle of an Instant’ is intensely absorbing but also deeply disturbing. A literary classic now available in English. Farabeuf or, The Chronicle of an Instant Synopsis: A ’60s Mexican cult masterpiece, Farabeuf is an enigmatic vision of…

Book Review – THE ROOM by Jonas Karlsson

Book Review – THE ROOM by Jonas Karlsson

The Room Synopsis : Funny, clever, surreal, and thought-provoking, this Kafkaesque masterpiece introduces the unforgettable Bjorn, an exceptionally meticulous office worker striving to live life on his own terms. Bjorn is a compulsive, meticulous bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at…

Book Review – THE MASTER OF GO by Yasunari Kawabata

Book Review – THE MASTER OF GO by Yasunari Kawabata

The Master of Go Synopsis : Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other’s black or white stones. Simple in its fundamentals, infinitely complex in its execution, it is an essential expression of the…

Strange Weather in Tokyo, Review: Kawakami’s quiet charm

Strange Weather in Tokyo, Review: Kawakami’s quiet charm

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami (Sensei no kaban, aka The Briefcase) is a quietly affecting novel that readers are stealthily drawn into. It won the Tanizaki prize in 2001, was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2013, and…

BRENNER AND GOD by Wolf Haas, Review: Packs a punch

BRENNER AND GOD by Wolf Haas, Review: Packs a punch

Wolf Haas’s Brenner and God, a humorous hard-boiled translated crime novel, features one of the most engaging narrative voices I have come across. Read on for our full review. Brenner and God Synopsis Simon Brenner is an ex-detective who’s now…