The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

Title: The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock Writer: Imogen Hermes Gowar Publishing House: Vintage Date of Publication: January 24th 2019 (first published January 25th 2018) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Somewhere a tide is turning. In that place where no land can be seen, where horizon to horizon is spanned by shifting twinkling faithless water, a wave humps…

Louise Bourgeois (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Louise Bourgeiois (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: October 6th 2020 Rating: 5 stars  ‘To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence.’ You are born on a beautiful, snowy Christmas day. You…

Wintering: A Season with Geese

Title:Wintering: A Season with Geese Writer: Stephen Rutt Publishing House: Elliot & Thompson Date of Publication: October 15th (first published September 26th 2019) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I feel eager for autumn. The birds punctuate my year: time passes constantly but birds are the grammar of its passing, they give a rough working order to the…

The Book of Selkie

Title: The Book of Selkie Writer: Written and illustrated by Briana Corr Scott Publishing House: Nimbus Publishing Ltd. Date of Publication: May 31st 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Οh, to be a selkie, And live between two worlds Half your days spent as a seal, And the other half, a girl….’’ For me, the myth of…

The Dante Chamber

Title: The Dante Chamber Writer: Matthew Pearl Publishing House: Penguin Press Date of Publication:May 29th 2018 Rating: 3 stars ‘’A poet never sees ghosts.’’ London, 1869. The metropolis is buzzing in its heyday. The glamorous Victorian court, the elegant literary circles, the world that changes. And right there, visible to all, yet unacknowledged by the…

Florida

Title: Florida Writer: Lauren Groff Publishing House: Riverhead Books Date of Publication: June 5th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It is terribly true, even if the truth does not comfort, that if you look at the moon for long enough night after night, as I have, you will see that the old cartoons are correct, that…

Flowers of Mold

Title: Flowers of Mold (original title 옆집 여자) Writer: Ha Seong-Nan (tr. by Janet Hong) Publishing House: Open Letter Date of Publication: April 23rd 2019 (first published 1999) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Teacher, I want to fly, but the ground keeps pulling me down.’’ Korean Literature is rapidly flourishing thanks to a plethora of wonderful women…

Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

Τitle:Hag Forgotten Folktales Retold Writer: Various curated by Professor Carolyne Larrington Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication:  October 8th 2020 by Virago Rating: 5 stars ‘’Human existence so often calls for exploration through the imagination, through metaphors, images, narratives that give shape to emotions and conditions, to our sense of being and our struggles to…

Miracle On Cherry Hill

Title: Miracle On Cherry Hill (original title: 뒤뜰에 골칫거리가 산다) Writer: Sun – mi Hwang (translated by Chi-Young Kim) Publishing House: Abacus Date of Publication: July 4th 2019 (first published 2014) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It rained for two days straight. The trees howled in the back garden and angry rain lashed against the windows. Kand…

Fear and Trembling

Title: Fear and Trembling (original title: Stupeur et Tremblements) Writer: Amélie Nothomb (tr. by Adriana Hunter) Publishing House: St. Martin’s Griffin Date of Publication: November 1st 2004 (first published August 26th 1999) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Society conspires against her from early infancy. Her brain is steadily filled with plaster until it sets. ‘’If you’re not…

Sense and Sensibility

Title: Sense and Sensibility Writer: Jane Austen Publishing House: Penguin Clothbound Classics Date of Publication: November 6th 2008 (first published October 30th 1811) Rating: 5 stars “I have not wanted syllables where actions have spoken so plainly.”  Jane Austen’s first published novel is loved, widely loved. Yet, in the absence of a dashing figure like Darcy,…

Κόκκινο Ρομάντζο (Το Παγκάκι)

Title: Κόκκινο Ρομάντζο (Το Παγκάκι) Writer: Αλεξάντρ Γκέλμαν Εκδότης: Δωδώνη (Μικρή Θεατρική Βιβλιοθήκη) Ημερομηνία Έκδοσης: Φεβρουάριος 1996 Rating: 5 stars “Πόσο καιρό γνωριζόμαστε, Βέρα; Τέσσερις ώρες την πρώτη φορά, και μια τώρα, σύνολο πέντε ώρες.- αυτό είναι όλο κι όλο το βιογραφικό μας ως τώρα, όσο για το μέλλον μας ένας Θεός ξέρει. Και μέσα…

Ο Ταξιδιώτης κι η Μαργαρίτα

Τίτλος: Ο Ταξιδιώτης και η Μαργαρίτα Συγγραφέας: Ευγένιος Τριβιζάς Εκδοτικός Οίκος: Πατάκης (Σειρά Κύκνοι) Έτος Έκδοσης: 2017 (1η Έκδοση 1996) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Χρόνια και χρόνια ταξίδευε, σ’ανατολή και δύση. Γνώρισε χειμώνες λευκούς στης καταχνιάς τα ασημένια δάση, και φλογισμένα καλοκαίρα σε κήπους τροπικούς με χρυσοπλούμιστα πουλιά και πορφυρούς λωτούς. Οι νεράιδες του δειλινού τον…

Unofficial Britain: Journeys Through Unexpected Places

Title: Unofficial Britain Writer: Gareth E. Rees Publishing House: Elliot & Thompson Date of Publication: September 17th 2020 Rating: 4 stars ‘’After a long trudge over a misty moor, you arrive at the crest of a hill and pause for breath by an oak tree. Initials have been etched into the bark by others who…

Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Title: Before the Coffee Gets Cold (original title: コーヒーが冷めないうちに) Writer: Toshikazu Kawaguchi (tr. by Geoffrey Trousselot) Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: September 19th 2019 (first published December 6th 2015) Rating: 5 stars ‘’The cafe’s name was Funiculi Funicula. It had become famous, with long queues each day, an account of time-travelling. But it wasn’t…

Μαγικές Ιστορίες από την Άκρη της Νύχτας

Τίτλος:Μαγικές Ιστορίες από την Άκρη της Νύχτας Συγγραφέας: Φίλιππος Μανδηλαράς (Εικονογράφηση: Ειρήνη Ηλιοπούλου) Εκδοτικός Οίκος: Εκδόσεις Πατάκη Ημερομηνία Έκδοσης: Οκτώβριος 2018 Rating: 5/5 Σε αντίθεση με τους σκοτεινούς μύθους της υπόλοιπης Ευρώπης, οι δικές μας ιστορίες δείχνουν οτι μάλλον δεν τρομάζουμε και τόσο εύκολα. Τα πλάσματα της νύχτας είναι εκεί, αλλά δεν μπορούν να κάνουν…

Μαγικές Ιστορίες από την Καρδιά του Μεσημεριού

Τίτλος:Μαγικές Ιστορίες από την Καρδιά του Μεσημεριού Συγγραφέας: Φίλιππος Μανδηλαράς (Εικονογράφηση: Ειρήνη Ηλιοπούλου) Εκδοτικός Οίκος: Εκδόσεις Πατάκη Ημερομηνία Έκδοσης: Μάιος 2017 Rating: 4/5 Θυμάμαι πολύ καλά το πατρικό της μητέρας μου. Εκεί πέρασα τα πιο όμορφα χρόνια της παιδικής μου ηλικίας. Όμορφα και μυστηριώδη μέσα σε μια πανέμορφη αυλή με δεκάδες γάτες, πηγάδι και συκιές….

Resorting To Murder (Holiday Mysteries)

Title: Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries Writer: Various ed. by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: April 1st 2015 Rating: 5 stars “All of us, or nearly all of us, have at one time or another had the desire and the impulse to commit murder.” Everything can happen when we’re…

Tokyo Ueno Station

Title:Tokyo Ueno Station (original title: JR上野駅公園口) Writer: Yū Miri (translated by Morgan Giles) Publishing House: Tilted Axis Press Date of Publication: March 4th 2019 (first published March 19th 2014) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I used to think life was like a book: you turn the first page, and there’s the next, and as you go on turning…

Ernest Shackleton (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Ernest Shackleton (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara (illustrated by Olivia Holden) Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: September 1st 2020  Rating: 5 stars ‘’To be brave cheerily, to be patient with a glad heart, to stand the agonies of thirst with laughter and song, to walk beside…

Collected Stories by Gabriel García Márquez

Title: Collected Stories by Gabriel García Márquez Writer: Gabriel García Márquez Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: March 6th 2014  (first published November 1st 1984) Rating: 5 stars “Only his own death came between him and his grave. Resigned, he listened to the drop, thick, heavy, exact, as it dripped in the other world, in…

Revenge

Title: Revenge (original title: 寡黙な死骸 みだらな弔い) Writer: Yoko Ogawa (tr. by Stephen Snyder) Publishing House: Vintage Date of Publication:  January 2nd 2014 (first published 1998) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Why was everyone dying? They had all been so alive just yesterday.’’ Yoko Ogawa creates a dark wonder of sadness, loneliness and unsettling desires in Revenge, a collection…

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone

Title: Ghosts of the Tsunami Writer: Richard Lloyd Parry Publishing House: Jonathan Cape Date of Publication: August 31st 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’By the time the party came to an end, it was already becoming cloudy, but there was no wind. Not a single leaf was moving on the trees. I couldn’t sense any life…

Convenience Store Woman

Title: Convenience Store Woman (original title:コンビニ人間) Writer: Sayaka Murata (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori) Publishing House: Grove Press Date of Publication: June 12th 2018 (first published July 27th 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It is the start of another day, the time when the world wakes up and the cogs of society begin to move. I…

Ραβδιά και Kόκκαλα

Τίτλος:Ραβδιά και Κόκκαλα (Sticks and Bones) Συγγραφέας:David Rabe (μετάφραση Δέσπω Διαμαντίδου) Εκδοτικός Οίκος: Δωδώνη Έτος ΄Εκδοσης: 1977 (πρώτη έκδοση: 1972) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Έχω να παραδώσω παιδιά στα σπίτια τους στο Σικάγο, άλλα στη Βοστώνη, Τρέντον, Ντένβερ, και Κλήβελαντ, Ρένο, Νέα Ορλεάνη, Γουάτς, Ατλάντα. Κι όταν επιστρέψω, θα έχω νέα παραλαβή, θα’ναι όλα τα παιδιά…

Three Bedrooms In Manhattan

Title: Three Bedrooms In Manhattan (original title: Trois chambres à Manhattan) Writer: Georges Simenon (translated by Marc Romano and Lawrence G, Blochman Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: July 30th 2020 (first published 1946) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It wasn’t on purpose that he sat down beside the woman. He realized it only when the…

Hotel Iris

Title: Hotel Iris (original title: ホテル・アイリス ) Writer: Yoko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder) Publishing House: Vintage Publishing Date of Publication: April 7th 2011 (first published 1996) Rating: 5 stars ‘’He first came to the Iris one day just before the beginning of the summer season. The rain had been falling since dawn. It grew heavier at…

The Mad Kyoto Shoe Swapper and Other Short Stories from Japan

Title: The Mad Kyoto Shoe Swapper and other Short Stories from Japan Writer: Rebecca Otowa Publishing House: Tuttle Publishing Date of Publication: March 24th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Well, don’t. You’re a foreigner. You have to understand it’s not our business. We don’t interfere. It’s the Japanese way.’’ Thirteen exquisite stories written by an American…

Pride and Prejudice

Title: Pride and Prejudice Writer: Jane Austen Publishing House: Penguin Clothbound Classics Date of Publication: November 6th 2008  (first published January 28th 1813) Rating: 5 stars ‘’There is a stubbornness in me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others.’’ The greatness of what I consider to be Jane Austen’s finest…

Corazon Aquino (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Corazon Aquino (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Ginnie Hsu Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: August 4th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’One must be frank to be relevant.’’              Corazon Aquino Cory was born in the beautiful Philippines, the country of a Thousand Islands. She loved…

Ulysses

Title: Ulysses Writer: James Joyce Publishing House: Vintage Date of Publication: 1990 (first published February 2nd 1922) Rating: 5 stars “Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting ourselves.”  16 June 1904. Leopold Bloom wanders the…

The Mermaid and the Shoe

Title: The Mermaid and the Shoe Writer: K.G.Campbell Publishing House: Kids Can Press Date of Publication: April 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars “Stop asking useless questions,” Calypso replied, “and be remarkable. Like the rest of us.” But Minnow doesn’t want to be “remarkable” like her forty – nine sisters, Neptune’s daughters. She doesn’t care for…

The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

Title: The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey (Diarios de motocicleta: notas de viaje por América Latina) Writer: Ernesto ”Che” Guevara (translated by Aleida Guevara March) Publishing House: Ocean Press Date of Publication:  August 1st 2003  (first published October 1st 1992) Rating: 5 stars If you attempt ANY kind of political comments, the…

The Murder at the Vicarage

Title: Murder at the Vicarage Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Date of Publication: September 1st 2006 (first published 1930) Rating: 5 stars “The young people think the old people are fools — but the old people know the young people are fools.” THIS!  In the tale that started it all,…

The Luminaries

Title: The Luminaries Writer: Eleanor Catton Publishing House: Granta Date of Publication: August 24th 2013 Rating: 5 stars “The clock had struck that late hour of twilight when all colours seem suddenly to lose their richness, and it was raining hard; though the cockled glass, the yard was bleached and fading. Inside, the spirit lamps…

Among the Mermaids

Title: Among the Mermaids Writer: Varla Ventura Publishing House: Weiser Books Date of Publication: July 1st 2013 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Since the first stories were told, the sea has been the folklore, myth and mystery in every corner of the earth, and the life-sustaining and life-threatening centre of every coastal culture. Its sheer vastness holds…

Phantom Encounters

Title: Phantom Encounters Writer: Janet P. Cave, Laura Foreman Publishing House: Time-Life Books Date of Publication: January 1st 1988  Rating: 5 stars ’ Or when the lawn Is pressed by unseen feet, and ghosts return Gently at twilight, gently go at dawn, The sad intangible who grieve and yearn;’’               To Walter de la Mare, T.S….

A Luminous Republic

Title: A Luminous Republic (original title: República luminosa) Writer: Andrés Barba (translated bu Lisa Dillman) Publishing House: Granta Books Date of Publication: June 4th 2020 (first published November 29th 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’When I’m asked about the thirty-two children who lost their lives in San Cristóbal, my reaction varies depending on the age of…

The Mirror and the Light

Title: The Mirror and the Light Writer: Hilary Mantel Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: March 5th 2020 Rating: 5 stars “This is what life does for you in the end; it arranges a fight you can’t win.” Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Anne of Cleves. Three women that amply demonstrate the saturnine, obsessive and…

Το Χαμόγελο της Εκάτης

Τίτλος:Το Χαμόγελο της Εκάτης Συγγραφέας: Λίτσα Ψαραύτη Εκδοτικός Οίκος: Πατάκης Ημερομηνία Έκδοσης: Μάιος 1996 (πρώτη έκδοση 1995) Rating: 5 stars ‘’11/7/1999” γράφει το δεύτερο φύλλο. ”Ημερομηνίες σε όλα τα βιβλία”, συνήθιζε να λέει η γιαγιά μου. ”Είναι τα βιβλία αυτά που σου θυμίζουν στιγμές και πράξεις κι ανθρώπους που περνούν”. Συνήθεια που κληρονόμησα, βεβαίως, βεβαίως….

Jamaica Inn

Title: Jamaica Inn Writer: Daphne du Maurier Publishing House: Little, Brown and Company Date of Publication: December 17th 2013 (first published 1936) Rating: 5 stars “Dead men tell no tales, Mary.” The story of Mary Wellan and her journey to the haunting, dark and fascinating Cornish cost. The tale of a land haunted by terrible…

Cards On The Table

Title: Cards on the Table Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: William Morrow Paperbacks Date of Publication: December 15th 2003 (first published November 2nd 1936) Rating: 5 stars “He played the part of the devil too successfully. But he was not the devil. Au fond, he was a stupid man. And so – he died.” “Because…

The Great Fortune (The Balkan Trilogy 1)

Title: The Great Fortune (The Balkan Trilogy 1) Writer: Olivia Manning Publishing House: Penguin Random House UK Date of Publication: July 30th 2020 (first published 1960) Rating: 4 stars ”A pine forest came down to the edge of the track: the light from the carriages rippled over the bordering trees. As she gazed out into…

People In The Room

Title: People In The Room (original title: Personas En La Sala) Writer: Norah Lange Publishing House: And Other Stories Date of Publication: August 9th 2018 (first published 1950) Rating: 5 stars ‘’To me, it always seemed unnecessary to watch a storm. This time, though, I had no chance to be angry because I forgot about…

Hamnet

Title: Hamnet Writer: Maggie O’Farrell Publishing House: Knopf Publishing Group Date of Publication: July 21st 2020 (first published March 31st 2020) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Then Judith is in a crowd. It is night- time, cold; the glow of lanterns punctuates the freezing dark. She thinks it is the Candlemas fair. She is in and also…

Τα Φαντάσματα του Γιορκ

Τίτλος: Τα Φαντάσματα του Γιορκ Συγγραφέας: Χριστόφορος Μηλιώνης Εκδοτικός Οίκος: Κέδρος Ημερομηνία Έκδοσης: 1999 Rating: 5 stars ’’Οταν πλησιάζουμε στο Γιορκ, οι ανταύγειες του ουρανού, ωχρές, φωτίζουν ακόμα την πύλη του, τα μεσαιωνικά κάστρα, τα γοτθικά καμπαναριά και τους πύργους.  […] Όμως, καθώς διαβαίνω τη γέφυρα, πάνω από το ποτάμι, κι ύστερα τη μεσαιωνική πόλη,…

Reputations

Title: Reputations Writer:  Juan Gabriel Vásquez (translated by Anna McLean) Publishing House: Riverhead Books Date of Publication: September 20th 2016 (first published April 2013) Rating: 5 stars “The memory has a marvellous capacity to remember the forgotten, its existence and its stalking, and thus allow us to stay alert when we don’t want to forget and…