You’ve probably already heard of Yanagihara and her Man Booker Prize-shortlisted A Little Life, but it was her debut novel that intigued me. It’s about a seemingly immortal tribe – the Dreamers – on an exotic micronesian island who owe their longevity to turtles, and who are betrayed by anthropologist Paul Tallent in a tale … More Mini review: The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
Originally published on the Stanfords travel blog, but now with an EXTRA book. Wowee. Ah, that rare phenomenon: the British Heatwave. Despite its elusive reputation, here in Bristol we’ve recently been blessed with long, sunny days filled with the flip-flops and bare torsos that are quintessential to our normally chilly island. (This is in addition … More 5 great books to read during a heatwave
Here’s a speedy blog for some speedy reads. I’ve selected some favourites from my recently-read short fiction, poetry, natural history and young adult titles – all of which can be read in one sitting. Because sometimes you just need a quick fix. Fiction Radish by Mo Yan What can I say about about this strange … More 6 quick reads: books to read in one sitting.
How could I possibly resist Hiromi Kawakami’s Strange Weather in Tokyo? As soon as I glimpsed Natsumi Hayashi’s cover photograph (see right) I knew I had to read it. The woman looks as if she’s being reeled in by homely temptations, just like in those old cartoons when the aroma of a freshly baked pie … More Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
When I was young, if I was reading and came across a word that I didn’t understand, I’d ask my mum what it meant. She’d say, “do you want the long or the short version?” The short version would be a pithy, maximum-three-sentences definition of the word. The long version would be a substantial monologue … More A Very Brief Introduction.