So Much For That Winter

Title: So Much For That Winter (original title: Det var så den vinter) Writer: Dorthe Nors, translated by Misha Hoekstra Publishing House: Graywolf Press Date of Publication:  June 15th 2016  Rating: 5 stars ‘’Night has descended on Amager. Denmark is laid in darkness. The Sound flows softly. The planes take off and land. Minna awakens….

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…

Our Wives Under the Sea

Title: Our Wives Under the Sea Writer: Julia Armfield Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: March 3rd 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The deep sea is a haunted house: a place in which things that ought not to exist move about in the darkness. Unstill, is the word Leah uses, tilting her head to the side…

Five Tuesdays in Winter

Title: Five Tuesdays in Winter Writer: Lily King Publishing House: Grove Press Date of Publication: November 2nd 2021 Rating: 5 stars Well, there is something vague and hazy and particular about Tuesdays. They are simple but mysterious, neither here nor there, free of the Monday gloom but lacking the joy of Friday. They are peaceful…

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…

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…

Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs

Title: Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs Writer: Linda Olsson Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: August 26th 2005 Rating: 5 stars ”July 1942, Vastra Sangeby, Dalarna, Sweden When the sun dipped behind the wall of trees, we lay down and the white night swallowed us. It has been night ever since.” Two women find…

Ghoulia (Mortina #1)

Title: Ghoulia (original title: Una storia che ti farà morire dal ridere) Writer: Barbara Cantini (translated by Anna Golding) Publishing House: Harry N. Abrams Date of Publication: August 28th 2018  (first published October 17th 2017) Rating: 5 stars Mortina is a very special girl. She is a brilliant, lovely zombie girl who lives in a…

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…

Ghost Stories of New York State

Title: Ghost Stories of New York State Writer: Susan Smitten Publishing House: Folklore Publishing Date of Publication:  March 1st 2004 Rating: 5 stars ”Whether we accept the possibility of ghosts or reject it, it is clear that our past can haunt our present. Ghosts may be a reminder to make the most of our lives…

Burntcoat

Title: Burntcoat Writer: Sarah Hall Publishing House: Faber and Faber Ltd Date of Publication: October 7th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Those who tell stories survive.’’ ‘’Is it possible to be saved, like Scheherazade seducing the enemy with tales? Do stories make sense in a disordered world?’’ A tragic change inflicts the most important person in…

Leicestershire and Rutland Folk Tales

Τitle:Leicestershire and Rutland Folk Tales Writer: Leicestershire Guild of Storytelling Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: February 28th 2013 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Standing in the Great Hall, with the cold of the flagstoned floor underfoot and the dark timbers of the roof trusses above, the noise of our twenty-first century city is muffled….

Autumn (Seasonal Quartet #1)

Title: Autumn (Seasonal Quartet #1) Writer: Ali Smith Publishing House: Penguin Date of Publication: August 31st 2017  (first published October 20th 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. Again. That’s the thing about things. They fall apart, always have, always will, it’s in their nature.’’ ‘’How…

Windows

Title: Windows Writer: Julia Denos, illustrated by E.B.Goodale Publishing House: Candlewick Press Date of Publication: October 17th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’At the end of the day, before the town goes to sleep, you can look out of your window and see more little windows lit up like eyes in the dusk blinking away as…

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…

Κarate Chop

Title: Karate Chop (original title: Kantslag) Writer: Dorthe Nors (translated by Martin Aitken) Publishing House: Graywolf Press Date of Publication: February 4th 2014 (first published September 25th 2008) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Once in a while everyone wishes someone dead, though no one should ever kill.’’ Do You Know Jussi? : A girl on the brink…

The Pull of the Stars

Title: The Pull of the Stars Writer: Emma Donoghue Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: July 28th 2020  Rating: 5 stars ‘’The bone man was making fool of us all. That was what we kids called death in my part of the country – the bone man, that skeletal rider who kept his grinning skull…

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…