After Me Comes The Flood

Title: After Me Comes The Flood Writer: Sarah Perry Publishing House: Custom House Date of Publication:March 17th 2020 (first published June 26th 2014) Rating: 5 stars ”What surprises me isn’t that we sin, but that we manage a single good action in all of our lives.” A strange array of people has gathered in a cottage in the marshlands….

Highland Folk Tales

Title: Highland Folk Tales (Folk Tales from the British Isles series) Writer: Bob Pegg Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: June 1st 2012 (first published November 30th 2011) Rating: 5 stars ”And these are tales not just written down in books, but known by communities and passed down through families: stories of fairies, ghosts, giants, waterhorses,…

Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters

Title: Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters Writer: Nikita Gill Publishing House: Ebury Press Date of Publication: September 5th 2019 Rating:5 stars ”They murmur, in the beginning of everything; from the bones of Chaos, rose a girl who built the universe, the stars, the planets, all because she was looking  for a place to dance.” What if…

Ice

Title: Ice Writer: Anna Kavan Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication:November 14th 2017 (first published 1967 Rating: 5 stars ”Carrying my suitcase, I walked into the town. Silence obtruded itself. Nothing moved. The devastation was even greater than it had seemed from the boat. Not a building intact. Wreckage heaped in blank spaces where houses had been.”…

Tales Of Old Prague Houses

Title: Tales of Old Prague Houses Writer: Magdalena Wagnerová (translated by Lucie Mikolajková) Publishing House:  Nakladatelství PLOT Date of Publication:2017 Rating:5 stars ‘’Every house has a story to tell and a history behind it. The old houses of Prague, once the home of plain townsmen and burghers, now seem to us like small palaces, enchanted and full of…

The Eighth Day

Title:The Eighth Day (original title: 八日目の蝉) Writer:Mitsuyo Kakuta Publishing House:Kodansha Date of Publication:May 1st 2010 (first published March 2007) Rating: 3 stars ”I left the house and turned to the alley. No shops insight. This was a strange corner of the city, a row of uninhabited houses. Shutters closed, a rusty bike lying next to a…

The Vegetarian

Title: The Vegetarian (original title: 채식주의자) Writer: Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith) Publishing House: Hogarth Press Date of Publication: February 2nd 2016 (first published October 30th 2007) Rating: 5 stars ”Dark woods. No people. The sharp-pointed leaves in the trees, my torn feet. This place, almost remembered, but I’m lost now. Frightened. Cold. Across the frozen ravine,…

Noises Off

Title: Noises Off Writer: Michael Frayn Publishing House: Anchor Date of Publication: August 27th 2002 (first published January 1st 1982) Rating: 5 stars ‘’And God said, “Where the Hell is Tim?” And there the Hell was Tim. And God said, “Let there be doors that open when they open, and close when they close.” A famous actress who has invested…

Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales

Title: Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales Writer: Various edited by Ellen Datlow Publishing House:Pegasus Books Date of Publication:February 7th 2017 Rating: 4 stars ”But you have mistaken me, O Bird. Can you not hear? I am the silence and the piping and I am coming. And it is I- I who am terrible.” O Terrible Bird by Sandra…

The Memory Police

Title: The Memory Police (original title:密やかな結晶) Writer:  Yōko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder) Publishing House: Pantheon Date of Publication: August 13th 2019  (first published 1994) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Long ago, before you were born, there were many more things here; my mother used to tell me when I was still a child. ‘’Transparent things, fragrant things…fluttery ones, bright ones…wonderful things…

A Little House In A Big Place

Title: A Little House In A Big Place Writer: Alison Acheson (illustrated by Valeriane LeBlond) Publishing House: Kids Can Press Date of Publication: May 7th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’She stood at her window and waved to the train engineer who passed every day and she wondered. About where he came from and where he went. And if she might…

Rain: Four Walks In English Weather

Title: Rain: Four Walks In English Weather Writer: Melissa Harrison Publishing House: Faber & Faber Date of Publication:March 3rd 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The village is far behind me now, its squat church tower lost in trees. The lane I walk is flanked by hawthorn hedges, and on the regress glossy hart’s tongue fens funnel the rain so…

Bone China

Title: Bone China Writer: Laura Purcell Publishing Books: Raven Books Date of Publication:September 19th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ”This is the bitterest winter I can recall. Too cold, even for snow. A world washed innocent and white might bring me some comfort, but no – this is the season of sleet and gunmetal skies. Everything is grey and cold….

Home In The Woods

Title: Home In The Woods Writer: Written and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Publishing House: Nancy Paulsen Books Date of Publication:October 1st 2019 Rating:5 stars ‘’Snow falls in a blanket of diamonds all around the shack. The jack pines sway above as we fall asleep close together. But Mum stays awake into the night, whispering to the stars…’’ Wisconsin,…

22 Czech Legends

Title: 22 Czech Legends Writer: Alena Ježková (illustrated by  Zdenka Krejčová) Publishing House: Práh Date of Publication: 2007 Rating: 5 stars The literary journey to the Czech Republic continues… Who was the brave squire that fought against the bandits and led to the founding of Krumlov Castle? In a beautiful fortification, the White Lady of Krumlov appears to soothe the…

Witches Sail In Eggshells

Title: Witches Sail In Eggshells Writer: Chloe Turner Publishing House: Reflex Press Date of Publication: June 11th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’They should never have come. This wasn’t a place well-suited to winter. Even under the frost, the minigolf course had been thick with leaves when they’d crossed it yesterday, and they’d found the boating lake frozen solid, a…

Old Prague Legends

Title: Old Prague Legends Writer: Based on legends retold by by Magdalena Wagnerová (translated by Ivan Guittierez, illustrated by Nemcova Lucie) Publishing House: Plot Publishing House Date of Publication: 2010 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The city was named Praha- ‘’threshold’’ – and just as long ago people would bow before the threshold when they entered a house, they bow today…

Rituals to Observe: Stories about Holidays from the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction

Title: Rituals to Observe: Stories about Holidays from the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction Writer: Various edited by Ethan Laughman Publishing House: University of Georgia Press Date of Publication: September 1st 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It can always be a happy season if there are rituals to observe.’’ Once October arrives, the world goes festive. In Greece, we celebrate…

The Hundred and Ninety Nine Steps & The Courage Consort

Title:The Hundred and Ninety Nine Steps & The Courage Consort Writer: Michel Faber Publishing House:Canongate Books Ltd Date of Publication:April 1st 2010 Rating: 5 stars ”Within minutes, of course (or was it hours?), her head was disjoined from her neck, and the seagulls were screaming.” Siân is a student of archeology and has recently joined an…

Patience, Miyuki

Title: Patience, Miyuki Writer:  Roxane Marie Galliez (illustrated by Seng Soun Ratavanah Publishing House: Princeton Architectural Press Date of Publication: October 1st 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Blue earth, orange moon, Spring was all dressed up and ready for her first day of the year. Miyuki was ready, too. She was already up and running through the garden.’’ Little Miyuki is…

The Heart and Other Viscera: Stories

Title: The Heart and Other Viscera: Stories Writer: Félix J. Palma Publishing House: Atria Books Date of Publication:September 17th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ”At that time of evening, the playground resembled a childhood graveyard. The swings creaked mournfully in the breeze, the slide rose toward the moon like an abrupt, useless object, and the crisscrossed bars of the climbing…

A Spell of Winter

Title: A Spell of Winter Writer: Helen Dunmore Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: June 6th 2019 (first published January 1st 1995) Rating: 5 stars ‘’They were bringing my uncle Joseph down the stairs. Narrow, twisty stairs they put in houses where they’d given no thought to the living or the dead. You couldn’t get a coffin up them.’’ Helen…

Prague In Legends

  Title: Prague In Legends Writer:  Anna Novotná (illustrated by Jan Klimeš) Publishing House: Práh Date of Publication: 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It is said that the St Vitus bells can change their sound according to the mood of the nation.’ In Prague, History and Legend walk hand in hand and greet you in every corner. The Golden City created after…

Humiliation

Title: Humiliation (original title: Qué vergüenza) Writer: Paulina Flores (translated by Megan McDowell) Publishing House: Oneworld Publications Date of Publication: November 7th 2019 (first published 2015) Rating: 4 stars ‘’I had the hope I would be able to forget. I longed for the freedom of a heroine, a life of my own, a happy one. Back then I ridiculously faced…

The Life of Death

Title: The Life of Death Writer: Lucy Booth Publishing House: Unbound Date of Publication:  May 2nd 2019 Rating: 5 stars ”I am there when you are born. When you cross the road. When the live wire frays in a Bakelite plug. I am there in the hospital canteen, by the frozen pond, in the carbon monoxide fug of a terraced…

Halloween Reads

Oh, it’s THAT time of the year again! Carved pumpkins staring at us with their mischievous smiles shining in the dark, orange-gold and red leaves and lights, children dressed as ghosts and witches, super exciting decorations providing excuses for us lovers of the Gothic aesthetics to fill our house with skulls and brooms and coffins….

By Night Under the Stone Bridge

Title: By Night Under the Stone Bridge (original title: Nachts unter der steinernen Brücke. Ein Roman aus dem alten Prag) Writer: Leo Perutz (translated by  Eric Mosbacher) Publishing House: Arcade Publishing Date of Publication: April 1st 1990  (first published 1953) Rating: 5 stars “They say a deaf man heard a dumb man talking about a blind man who saw a…

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Title: The Hound of the Baskervilles Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Publishing House: Penguin Clothbound Classics Date of Publication: October 1st 2009 (first published August 1901) Rating: 5 stars (Oh, come on…I was looking for a chance to use a Sherlock screencap for my header image…😁) ‘’It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet…

The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women

Title: The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women Writer: Various ed. by Marie O’Regan Publishing House: Running Press Date of Publication: October 18th 2012 Rating: 4 stars ”Although the stories vary from tales of ghostly children to those of lost pets, from murder to accidental death, from rage to sorrow and back again, one thing is central to…

Starve Acre

Title: Starve Acre Writer: Andrew Michael Hurley Publishing House: John Murray Date of Publication: October 31st 2019 Rating: 2 stars ”He says my name sometimes. He tells me to come to the tree.” A young family moves to the moors, to a house where dreams and nightmares co-exist. The forest nearby hides secrets and strange apparitions. But the young…

The Binding

Title: The Binding Writer: Bridget Collins Publishing House: The Borough Press Date of Publication: January 10th 2019 Rating: 4 stars ‘’I laid my hand over the bruises on my arm, fitting my fingers into the marks. The wind murmured in the thatch and drove another gust of rain against the window-pane, but the house was thick-walled, solid, as old as…

Mary Shelley

Title: Mary Shelley Writer: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara & illustrated by Yelena Bryksenkova Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: October 1st 2019 Rating: 5 stars I have long coveted the Little People, Big Dreams series. It seems to me that the time has come for the intermediate students to familiarize themselves with writers, scientists, artists that have shaped…

Literary Landscapes: Charting the Worlds of Classic Literature

Title: Literary Landscapes: Charting the Worlds of Classic Literature Writer: Edited by John Sutherland Publishing House: Black Dog & Leventhal Date of Publication: November 13th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Literary landscape is composed of words which must be recomposed in a frame of imagination. ‘’The inward eye’’, British ‘’Lakeland’’ poet William Wordsworth called it, drawing a distinction between perception and…

The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural

Title: The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: William Morrow Paperbacks Date of Publication: September 24th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ”As we entered the grove of trees a curious oppression came over me. I think it was the silence. No birds seemed to nest in these trees. There was a feeling about it of desolation…

Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story

Title: Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story Writer: Sean Taylor & Alex Morss, illustrated by Cinyee Chiu Publishing House: Quarto Publishing Group Date of Publication: September 17th 2019 Rating: 5 stars When I was a child, I had the fortune to witness the changing of the seasons in my grandmother’s house. The garden was enormous, full of flowers and trees,…

The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat & Other Stories from the North

Title: The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat & Other Stories from the North Writer: Various edited by Sjón Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication:  October 9th 2018 Rating: 3 stars ”The wind buffeted me, blowing warm, dry air into my face. He’s here, it said. The one you love is waiting for you. You’ve arrived now. You must find…

Transcription

Title: Transcription Writer: Kate Atkinson Publishing House: Black Swan Date of Publication: March 21st 2019 (first published September 6th 2018) Rating: 5 stars ”In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” Winston Churchill 1950. Juliet is a BBC producer, responsible for the children’s zone. Intelligent, energetic and a talented writer,…

Gingerbread

Title: Gingerbread Writer: Helen Oyeyemi Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: March 5th 2019 Rating: 2 stars ‘’The colour of my heart is black.’’ A mother tries to persuade everyone to try her gingerbread. A daughter tries to survive the harsh school environment and a reality that doesn’t seem to be ‘’real’’ at all. Fairy tales and magic…

Swimming Lessons

Title: Swimming Lessons Writer: Claire Fuller Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: February 1st 2018 (first published February 7th 2017) Rating: 5 stars ”Black waves would lift the boat up and roll it with the swell, like mountains rising where there had been no mountains before.” Flora has an awful burden on her shoulders. Trying to pursue her studies, coping…

Irish Tales From The Otherworld: Ghosts, Fairies & Evil Spirits

Title: Irish Tales From The Other World: Ghosts, Fairies & Evil Spirits Writer: Bob Curran Publishing House: Poolbeg Press Date of Publication: October 21st 2015 Rating: 5 stars ”In Ireland, the supernatural is usually never all that far away. It lies sleeping beneath a seemingly peaceful and beautiful landscape, just beyond our vision but ready to emerge when we least…

The Apple: New Crimson Petal Stories

Title: The Apple: New Crimson Petal Stories Writer: Michel Faber Publishing House: Canongate Books Ltd Date of Publication: September 7th 2006 (first published 2004) Rating: 5 stars ”Snow continues to whirl through the sky, the windowpanes rattle and creak, but still those damned partridges and turtledoves proliferate. Passerby must be tossing coins to this bawling nuisance; better they should throw…

Redemption

Title:Redemption (original title: Искупление) Writer: Friedrich Gorenstein (translated by Andrew Bromfield) Publishing House: Columbia University Press Date of Publication: October 23rd 2018 (first published January 1st 1979) Rating: 5 stars ‘’There are ten thousand lying in the porcelain factory quarries…They were killed by fascism and totalitarianism but my dear ones were killed by my neighbour with a…

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Title: The Ten Thousand Doors of January Writer: Alix E.Harrow Publishing House: Orbit Date of Publication:September 10th 2019 Rating: 4 stars ”Maybe you’ve even seen one for yourself, standing half-ajar and rotted in an old church, or oiled and shining in a brick wall. Maybe, if you’re one of those fanciful persons who find their feet running toward unexpected…

The Daylight Gate

Title: The Daylight Gate Writer: Jeanette Winterson Publishing House: Hammer Date of Publication: August 16th 2012 Rating: 5 stars (The beautiful city of Lancaster -image source: https://www.ilh.com/countries/england/lancashire) ‘’Stand on the flat top of Pendle Hill and you can see everything of the county of Lancashire. Some say you can see other things too. This is a haunted place. The living and…