The Order of the Day – Éric Vuillard

‘Great catastrophes often creep up on us in tiny steps.’ This short book is a brilliant and original look at the machinations and meetings which paved the way for the Anschluss of Austria in 1938, and thus the road to global war. It’s a chilling reminder that simply doing nothing is enough to allow such … Continue reading The Order of the Day – Éric Vuillard

A Long Shadow by Caroline Kington #BlogTour Review and Giveaway

Following the tragic death of her husband, Kate Maddicott decides to shoulder the burden of running the family farm for the sake of her young children. The farm has been in her husband’s family for generations, and Kate is keen to maintain a sense of stability for those she loves. Set at the height of … Continue reading A Long Shadow by Caroline Kington #BlogTour Review and Giveaway

70 Reviews: 4. Summer in Algiers by Albert Camus (Pocket Penguins) #review

I had read some of Camus’ novels (in translation – my GCSE French textbook, the marvellous Tricolor, didn’t cover existential thought) and loved them. I had not, however, spent much time with his essays. This is another brilliant thing about this Penguin boxset challenge – I’m reading things I might otherwise have passed over because … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 4. Summer in Algiers by Albert Camus (Pocket Penguins) #review

Robert Seethaler’s The Tobacconist (2016)

From the outset, we’re aware of a dry observational humour running throughout this devastating novel. A prominent local business man, with a tendency to be generous towards the women he’s sleeping with, dies in a thunderstorm. We’re told that ‘a conspicuous number of black-veiled women gathered around the grave.’ Franz’s mother is among the many … Continue reading Robert Seethaler’s The Tobacconist (2016)

David Hewson’s Juliet and Romeo Blog Tour – an interview

Published by Dome Press, David Hewson's Juliet and Romeo is a fascinating new take on what is possibly the most famous of love stories. I've watched productions of Shakespeare's play countless times but have always felt that Juliet's character, so pivotal to events, often got lost in all the noise and posturing of the other … Continue reading David Hewson’s Juliet and Romeo Blog Tour – an interview

Books for a Year, Part 1: Christopher Somerville’s The January Man

Taking its overall structure from the lyrics of Dave Goulder’s folk song, 'The January Man', Christopher Somerville leads his reader on walks through the British Landscape, choosing his locations according to the seasons. Starting in January, ‘Oh the January Man, he walks abroad in woollen coat and boots of leather …’, he reunites with a … Continue reading Books for a Year, Part 1: Christopher Somerville’s The January Man