Μiss Iceland

Title: Miss Iceland (original title: Ungfrú Ísland) Writer:  Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir (translated by Brian FitzGibbon) Publishing House: Grove Atlantic Date of Publication: June 16th 2020  (first published November 2018) Rating: 5 stars ”If I die Leave the balcony open!” Farewell, Federico Garcia Lorca Hekla is a child of the 60s. A young woman full of talent, wit and kindness,…

Rónán and the Mermaid: A Tale of Old Ireland

Title: Rónán and the Mermaid: A Tale of Old Ireland Writer: Marianne McShane, illustrated by Jordi Solano Publishing House: Candlewick Press Date of Publication: May 19th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”In the evenings, Brother Declan would sit by the boy’s bed and tell him the old tales while the candle burned low. He told him about selkies, the seal people,…

The Silence of the Girls

Title: The Silence of the Girls Writer: Pat Barker Publishing House: Hamish Hamilton Date of Publication:August 30th 2018 Rating:5 stars ” ‘Divine Muse, sing of the ruinous wrath of Achilles…Begin where they first quarrelled, Agamemnon the King of men and great Achilles.’ And what are they quarrelling about, these two violent, mighty souls? It’s as basic as a…

The Daughters of Ys

Title: The Daughters of Ys Writer: M.T.Anderson & Jo Rioux Publishing House: First Second Books Date of Publication: August 11th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”For you, I will build walls to push back the sea and will spin you a palace of domes and towers.” Lady Malgrev of the Faerie Folk comes to the rescue of a brave, young…

The Glass Woman

Title: The Glass Woman Writer: Caroline Lea Publishing House: Michael Joseph (Penguin Books) Date of Publication: February 7th 2019 Rating: 3 stars ”But the knowledge of the body stayed, like the blood-spattered scenes at the end of the Sagas: those age-old, heat-filled stories, which are told to children from birth and fill every Icelander with an understanding of violence.” Ιceland,…

The Book of Saints and Heroes

Title: The Book of Saints and Heroes Writer: Leonora Blanche Lang, edited by Andrew Lang Publishing House: St.Augustine Academy Press Date of Publication: June 1st 2012 (first published 1912) Rating: 5 stars ”The men and women who are most interesting to talk to, and who know most about things, are nearly always those who have lived with a library and…

Lancelot

Title: Lancelot Writer: Giles Kristian Publishing House: Random House UK Date of Publication: May 31st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ”I smell the rising fog of the crowd’s breath. It warms my feathers against the thin dawn air and I watch. I feel, too. More than a bird should feel. The sorrow which lies over the assembly like a shroud….

Bright Dreams: The Brilliant Ideas of Nikola Tesla

Title: Bright Dreams: The Brilliant Ideas of Nikola Tesla Writer: Written and illustrated by Tracy Dockray Publishing House: Capstone Editions Date of Publication: September 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I don’t care that they stole my idea…I care that they don’t have any of their own.’’                              Nikola Tesla The story of the man who invented the future. The man who gave…

Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women

Title: Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women Writer: Sharon Blackie Publishing House: September Publishing Date of Publication: September 20th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ”No one wants to work the land, now; they just want to sit and look out of the picture window and stare at the water. A ‘view’, they call is, as if they had nothing…

Gossip From The Forest

Title: Gossip From the Forest Writer: Sara Maitland Publishing House: Granta Books Date of Publication: November 1st 2012 Rating: 1 star I won’t write an elaborate (and boring…) Introduction about how much I longed to read this book. It was one of my most coveted treasures from the moment I bought it and I wanted to savour it and…

Orkney Folk Tales

Title: Orkney Folk Tales (Folk Tales from the British Isles_) Writer: Tom Muir Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: May 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars ”Sometimes, during the summer months, you can see phantom islands floating on the sea where there shouldn’t be land at all. There were said to be the summer abodes of the fin folk,…

Portrait of an Artist: Claude Monet

Title: Portrait of an Artist: Claude Monet Writer: Lucy Brownridge, illustrated by Caroline Bonne-Müller Publishing House: Quarto Publishing Group – Wide Eyed Editions Date of Publication: January 7th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I like to paint as a bird sings.’’ (Claude Monet) A beautiful book that aims to introduce the younger audience to one of the masterminds of Impressionism. Claude…

Irish Ghost Tales

Title:Irish Ghost Tales Writer:Tony Locke Publishing House:The History Press Ireland Date of Publication:August 1st 2016 Rating:5 stars ”There are ghosts and ghoulies that can give you a fright When you’re tucked up warm in your bed. There are things that sometimes go bump in the night Or are they just inside your head?” We have…

The Bell In The Lake

  Title:The Bell In The Lake (original title: Søsterklokkene) Writer: Lars Mytting (translated by Deborah Dawkin) Publishing House:MacLehose Press Date of Publication: March 19th 2020 (first published 2018) Rating:5 stars ”The Hekne twins were young women when one fell ill. The thought of what this might mean – that the survivor would have to drag her…

The Little Mermaid

Title: The Little Mermaid Writer: Hans Christian Andersen (translated by Misha Hoekstra Publishing House: Pushkin Children’s Books Date of Publication:March 10th 2020 Rating:5 stars ‘’You’ll keep your swaying way of moving, and no dancer will be able to glide like you- but with every step you take, it’ll feel like you’re stepping on a sharp knife that’ll make…

Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies – 500 AD to the Present

Title: Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies – 500 AD to the Present Writer: Simon Young, Ceri Houlbrook Publishing House: Gibson Square Date of Publication: November 22nd 2017 Rating: 5 stars ”Why is it that so many fairy sightings occur while we are in bed? Why do so many children see fairies? Is it significant that several of…

Astrid Lindgren (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Astrid Lindgren (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Linzie Hunter Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: March 3rd 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Give the children love, more love and still more love – and the common sense will come by itself.’’                            Astrid Lindgren Many years ago, a very special child…

A Treasury Of British Folklore: Maypoles, Mandrakes and Mistletoe

Title: A Treasury of British Folklore: Maypoles, Mandrakes & Mistletoe Writer: Dee Dee Chainey Publishing House: National Trust Date of Publication:April 5th 2018 Ratings:5 stars ”As we get older, we still sense the wonder of those takes we know from childhood. They whisper to us with every fleeting glimpse of what might just be a fairy in…

A Christmas Cornucopia

Title: A Christmas Cornucopia Writer: Mark Forsyth Publishing House: Viking Date of Publication:November 3rd 2016 Rating:5 stars ”There’s a lovely story about a Tokyo department store, back in the days when Christmas was unknown in Japan. The head of this store had heard rumours of a Western tradition that involved a massive shopping spree and he wanted to…

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Title: The Twelve Days of Christmas Writer: Traditional illustrated by Jan Brett Publishing House: G. B. Putnam’s Sons Date of Publication: October 15th 2019  (first published January 1st 1986) Rating: 5 stars ‘’And a partridge in a pear tree.’’ Because, obviously. When I start humming the tune of this most classic of songs, I know that I have…