First Person Singular

Title: First Person Singular Writer: Haruki Murakami (translated by Philip Gabriel) Publishing House: Harvill Secker Date of Publication:  April 6th 2021 (first published July 2020) Rating: 2 stars ‘’But the whole neighbourhood was still and silent, as if the dense clouds above had swallowed up all sound.’’ Cream: A young man is invited to a…

Black Narcissus

Title: Black Narcissus Writer: Rumer Godden Publishing House: Virago Press (UK) Date of Publication: February 1st 2013 (first published 1939) Ratings: 5 stars ‘’Look at the eagles,’ he said. In the gulf eagles were flying, circling round one small spot in the air. Higher and higher they flew, but still they could not reach the…

The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers: And Other Gruesome Tales

Title: The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers: And Other Gruesome Tales Writer: Jen Campbell (illustrated by Adam de Souza) Publishing House: Thames & Hudson Date of Publication: November 23rd 2021 Rating: 5 stars “It just so happened that the gardener did know of a house with a thousand rooms. It sat on the top of…

Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales

Title: Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales Writer: Edited by Angela Carter, illustrated by Corinna Sargood Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication:  January 1st 2005 (first published 1992) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Little lady, little lady’’, said the boys, ‘’little Alexandra, listen to the watch, tick tick tick: mother in the room all decked in gold.’’…

You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked

Title: You Are Eating An Orange. You Are Naked Writer: Sheung – King Publishing House:  Book*hug Press Date of Publication: October 27th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I am now alone, in a non-place, surrounded by street signs with names that are only phonetics – empty signifiers.’’ Two young people find and lose one another across…

How We Disappear: Novella & Stories

Title: How We Disappear:Novella & Stories Writer: Tara Lynn Masih Publishing House: Press 53 Date of Publication:  September 13th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Yesterday I found myself in St. Servaasbasiliek, and lit two candles. Organ music wended its way into my history, drawing forth doubts. It is music – caught, held, and shot back down…

Love in Colour: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold

Title: Love in Colour Writer: Bolu Babalola Publishing House: Headline Date of Publication: August 20th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘You are a queen. You are Lorde, Angelou, Simone, Walker, Hooks, Davis, Morrison, Knowles, Fenty, Robinson-Obama. You will shake the world, you will move the earth, you will be audacious with your essence, you will take…

Life Ceremony

Title: Life Ceremony Writer: Sayaka Murata (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori) Publishing House:Grove Press Date of Publication: July 5th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A hundred years later, what would our bodies be used for? Would we be chair legs or sweaters or clock hands? Would we be used for a longer time after our deaths…

A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folktales and Legends

Title: A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folktales and Legends Writer: Angela McAllister, illustrated by Hannah Bess Ross Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: April 12th 2022 Rating: 5 stars Another outstanding collection of myths, legends and fairy tales centred around Nature and its gifts, beautifully written by Angela McAllister and…

Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day

Title: Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day Writer: Carl F. Neal Publishing House: Llewellyn Publications Date of Publication: December 8th 2015 Rating: 4 stars ‘’When the dark days of winter seem to have gone on forever, the first sign of spring refreshes our souls. It is a promise that winter will not last…

The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories

Title: The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories Writer: Various edited by Jessica Harrison Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: October 29th 2020 Rating: 4 stars ‘’First, heavy, blinding snow that falls slowly from above. Then it turns to rain, forming a light wintery mist over the streets of Paris.   Garlands of holly and mistletoe…

Christmas Is Coming: Traditions from Around the World

Title: Christmas Is Coming: Traditions from Around the World (original title: dą święta! O Bożym Narodzeniu, Mikołaju i tradycjach świątecznych na świecie) Writer:  Monika Utnik-Strugala, illustrated by Ewa Poklewska-Koziello Publishing House: NorthSouth Books Date of Publication: September 14th 2021  (first published 2019) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Can you imagine the winter without Christmas?It’s one of the…

Yule: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Winter Solstice

Title: Yule: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Winter Solstice Writer: Susan Pesznecker Publishing House: by Llewellyn Publications Date of Publication: October 1st 2015 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It’s the time when Mother Earth goes quiet, yet if we listen really carefully, we can still hear her heart beating. It’s a profound and important time to…

A Bedtime Full of Stories

Title: A Bedtime Full of Stories: 50 Folktales and Legends from Around the World Writer: Angela McAllister, illustrated by Anna Shepeta Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: November 9th 2021 Rating: 5 stars Fifty beautiful folk tales to be read before bed, to soothe your soul, to make you travel in lands…

Samhain: Rituals, Recipes and Lore for Halloween

Title: Samhain: Rituals, Recipes and Lore for Halloween Writer: Diana Rajchel  Publishing House: Llewellyn Publications Date of Publication: September 1st 2015 Rating: 5 stars ‘’At Samhain, the circle of the year has come to its final spoke in the Wheel. At this time, the harvest has finished, the dying god interred, and the goddess has…

The Mermaid of Black Conch

Title: The Mermaid of Black Conch Writer: Monique Roffey Publishing House: Peepal Tree Press Ltd Date of Publication: April 2nd 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’That morning David played her soft hymns he’d learnt as a boy, praising God. He sang holy songs for her, songs which brought tears to his eyes, and there they stayed,…

Strange Weather in Tokyo

Title: Strange Weather In Tokyo (original title: センセイの鞄) Writer: Hiromi Kawakami (translated by Allison Markin Powell) Publishing House: Granta Date of Publication: August 6th 2020 (first published 2001) Rating: 5 stars ‘’In the autumn there are dead leaves all over the place and in winter the bare branches are bleak and dreary.’’ A woman and…

Mabon: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Autumn Equinox

Title: Mabon: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Autumn Equinox Writer: Diana Rajchel Publishing House:  Llewellyn Publications Date of Publication: July 1st 2015 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Harvest festivals celebrated more than finished work for the season; they celebrated the capacity to survive the winter.’’ Mabon is arguably the most obscure tradition of the Old Ways…

Shoko’s Smile

Title: Shoko’s Smile (original title: 쇼코의 미소) Writer: Choi Eunyoung (translated by Sung Ryu) Publishing House: John Murray Press Date of Publication: August 19th 2021 (first published July 7th 2016) Rating: 5 stars “I dig my hands into the cold sand and gaze at the black, shimmering sea. It feels like the edge of the…