Α Very Scandinavian Christmas

Title: A Very Scandinavian Christmas Writer: Various Publishing House: New Vessel Press Date of Publication: September 17th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’He saw a lowly stable behind a steep rock wall, and in the open doorway a few shepherds kneeling. Within the stable, he saw a young mother on her knees before a little child,…

A Very Irish Christmas

Title: A Very Irish Christmas Writer: Various Publishing House: New Vessel Press Date of Publication: September 14th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’ “But me,” was all that she said, and rubbed a dear space in the condensation on the glass as she tried to recompose in her head the dissonant notes that rose at intervals…

Christmas Stories

Title: Christmas Stories Writer: Various edited by Diana Secker Tesdell Publishing House: Everyman’s Library Date of Publication: October 30th 2007 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The last day before Christmas had passed. A wintry, clear night came. The stars peeped out. The crescent moon rose majestically in the sky to give light to good people and all…

The Magic Toyshop

Title:The Magic Toyshop Writer: Angela Carter Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication: May 3rd 2018 (first published 1967) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Melanie had never seen uncle Philip. Once, when she was a little girl, he sent her a jack-in-the-box. He was a toymaker. When she opened the jack-in-the-box, a grotesque caricature of her own face…

Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights

Title: Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights Writer: Various (edited by Lucy Evans and Tanya Kirk) Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication:  October 21st 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Like any other boy I expected ghost stories at Christmas, that was the time for them. What I had not expected, and…

Murder’s a Swine

Title: Murder’s A Swine: A Second World War Mystery Writer: Nap Lombard Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: December 7th 2021 (first published 1943) Rating: 5 stars ‘’[…] but as Germany is unfortunately the enemy of our country, she must needs, however regrettable this may seem, be our enemy also. After the war…

London Stories

Title: London Stories Writer: Various (edited by Jerry White) Publishing House: Everyman’s Pocket Classics Date of Publication: May 6th 2014 (first published March 27th 2013) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Only at sunset did I leave the house. There was an unwonted sweetness in the air; the long vistas of newly lit lamps made a golden glow…

Hans Christian Andersen (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Hans Christian Andersen (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Maxine Lee-Mackie Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: April 20th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.     Hans Christian Andersen A…

Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories

Title: Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories Writer: Various, edited by Roald Dahl Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: February 2nd 2012 (first published 1983) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Too determined though. Always got his own way. Loved Christine too much I thought. Died among the roses. Used to sit down here with her for hours,…

Dark Tales

Title: Dark Tales Writer: Shirley Jackson Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: September 28th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Miss Adela Strangeworth stepped daintily along Main Street on her way to the grocery. The sun was shining, the air was fresh and clear after the night’s heavy rain, and everything in Miss Strangeworth’s little town…

Persuasion

Title: Persuasion Writer: Jane Austen Publishing House: Penguin Clothbound Classics Date of Publication: April 24th 2012 (first published December 1817) Rating: 4 stars “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” When…

The Inner Room

Τitle: The Inner Room Writer: Robert Aickman Publishing House: Faber & Faber Date of Publication: January 3rd 2019 (first published 1968) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I do not like this shop,’’ said my mother. ‘’It is a shop that has died.’’ Confession time: In my family, there has always been a strange conviction regarding dollhouses. I…

Miss Brill

Title: Miss Brill Writer: Katherine Mansfield Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: February 26th 2015 (first published 1920) Rating: 5 stars ‘’God forbid, my darling, that I should be a drag on your happiness.’’ Marriage a la Mode: The loving relationship of a young married couple changes when Isabel falls under the influence of…

Travelling Light

Title: Travelling Light (original title: Resa med lätt bagage) Writer: Tove Jansson (translated by Silvester Mazzarella) Publishing House: Sort of Books Date of Publication: 2010 (first published 1987) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Light is Jansson’s insistence that no man or woman is an island. No matter how much we may long to escape others, we can’t;…

Midsummer Mysteries: Secrets and Suspense from the Queen of Crime

Title: Midsummer Mysteries: Secrets and Suspense from the Queen of Crime Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: HarperCollins Publishers Date of Publication: July 22nd 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Most details are insignificant; one or two are vital. It is the brain, the little grey cells’ – he tapped his forehead – ‘on which one must rely….

The Summer Book

Title: The Summer Book (original title: Sommarboken) Writer: Tove Jansson (translated by Thomas Teal) Publishing House: NYRB Classics Date of f Publication: May 20th 2008 (first published 1972) Rating: 5 stars ‘’One time in April, there was a full moon, and the sea was covered with ice. Sophia woke up and remembered that they had…

Summer (Vintage Minis)

Title: Summer (Vintage Minis) Writer: Laurie Lee Publishing House: Vintage Classics Date of Publication: June 8th 2017 Rating: 5 stars Τhe haunting… ‘’Radiating from that house, with its crumbling walls, its thumps and shadows, its fancied foxes under the floor, I moved along paths that lengthened inch by inch with my mounting strength of days….

The Port of London Murders

Title: The Port of London Murders Writer: Josephine Bell Publishing House: British Library Date of Publication: October 10th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was quite dark now, but lights twinkled everywhere, making bright oath across the black water. And far away on all sides, a red and orange glow covered the sky, shining steadily on…

There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children Until They Moved Back In

Title: There Once Lived A Mother Who Loved Her Children Until They Moved Back In Writer: Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (tr. by Anna Summers) Publishing House: Penguin Modern Classics Date of Publication: 2014 (first published 2002) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Oh, great mother nature! Why do you have to trick us? Why do you need all this mucus,…