Category Archives: literature

The Gravity of Love by Sara Stridsberg

Translated from the Swedish by Deborah Bragan-Turner, read by Kristin Milward I didn’t expect this to be so darkly beautiful but The Gravity of Love by Sara Stridsberg gets 5 stars (6 if I could!) from me. It’s a truly … Continue reading

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Women in Translation – My Favourites

  For Women in Translation Month, founder & organiser Meytal Radzinski is compiling a Top 100 Books by Women in Translation & is asking for your nominations. Here are five of my absolute favourites. All of the books listed below are … Continue reading

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Women in Translation Month – Reads

  Women in Translation Month, also known as “August”, is the brainchild of Meytal Radzinski. Over the past few years I’ve had the pleasure of participating & here are some of the books I’m planning to disappear into over the … Continue reading

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The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, read by Alisa Piper

What have you done Charlotte Wood? You have made Golding’s Lord of the Flies for this century and you have made it so very thrilling and real. Verla wakes from a drugged sleep. She doesn’t know where she is, nor why she’s … Continue reading

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The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth, read by Malcolm Hillgartner

Philip Roth is one of the finest writers in the United States and Blackstone Audio’s pairing of this book with Malcolm Hillgartner’s narration is an excellent match. An older Nathan Zuckerman recalls a visit to his idol and mentor E. I. Lonoff, … Continue reading

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Horror by George Eliot? Yes Really!

Clive Chafer sets an ominous, foreboding tone for George Eliot’s unusual horror story. The Lifted Veil is a big break from the George Eliot I’m used to – the George Eliot of Middlemarch and The Mill on the Floss. We’re introduced to Latimer, a dying man … Continue reading

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The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel, read by Mark Bramhall

I nabbed The High Mountains of Portugal on release day and began reading it immediately. I’d been looking forward to another Yann Martel story. I’ve loved Self, The Life of Pi and Beatrice and Virgil and wondered where Martel will go next. When I reached the … Continue reading

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Missing Person (by Patrick Modiano, read by Bronson Pinchot)

Written in a smoky, noir style with an existentialist flavour, Missing Person is a standout audiobook of 2015. The Missing Person is Guy Roland, a man with amnesia. Eight years ago he came to private detective C. M. Hutte for help in find out … Continue reading

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A Girl is a Half Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride (narrated by the author)

I’ve never read anything like this book. Starting this novel is like diving into unexpectedly cold water – it snaps you wide awake: For you. You’ll soon. You’ll give her name. In the stitches of her skin she’ll wear your … Continue reading

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The Story of My Teeth, by Valeria Luiselli

Translated by Christina MacSweeney, narrated by Armando Durán and Thom Rivera. “…the world of the mind is based on a compromise with logic.” (Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin) Absurd and thoroughly enchanting, the story and Luiselli’s writing are magical. It’s rare I feel bereft on … Continue reading

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