Birdsong

Title: Birdsong Writer: Sebastian Faulks Publishing House: Vintage International Date of Publication: June 2nd 1997 (first published September 27th 1993) Rating: 5 stars “But you must live your own life eventually. You have one chance only.” A poetic, heart-breaking novel, about the atrocities of war and the hope that springs even under the most harrowing circumstances. Sebastian Faulks…

Honey on the Page

Title: Honey On The Page Writer: Various, edited and translated by Miriam Udel Publishing House: New York University Press Date of Publication: October 6th 2020 Rating: 5 stars A beautiful collection of children’s stories, fables, myths, poems, allegories and fairy tales of Yiddish culture. Through Folklore and customs, family stories, we travel from the beginning of the 20th century…

American Midnight

Title: American Midnight: Tales of the Dark Writer: Various, selected and introduced by Laird Hunt Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: August 25th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’We have been put in the mood for ghosts, that evening.’’                                   The Eyes, Edith Wharton As this year’s summer approaches with remarkable hesitation, a different time for ghost stories begins. Ghost stories…

A World Full of Dickens Stories

Title: A World Full of Dickens Stories Writer: Angela McAllister, illustrated by Jannicke Hansen Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: May 19th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”I made my way along the path I knew so well across the marsh. A cold, silvery mist swirled about me and evening stars began to appear. When I got to…

The Mysterious Librarian

Title: The Mysterious Librarian (original title: La mystérieuse bibliothécaire) Writer: Dominique Demers (translated by Sander Berg) Publishing House: Alma Books Date of Publication: June 6th 2017  (first published October 9th 1997) Rating: 5 stars ’’- You should know, miss, money isn’t found in the street. We have two bridges to rebuild, and three roads to fix, and twelve pavements…

The Painted Bird

Title: The Painted Bird Writer:Jerzy Kosiński Publishing House: Grove Press Date of Publication: December 1st 2007 (first published 1965) Rating: 5 stars ”We are here in the company of death.”                 Jewish concentration camp inmate A young boy finds himself lost, wandering in the countryside of an unnamed Eastern European country during…

At Freddie’s

Title: At Freddie’s Writer: Penelope Fitzgerald Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: March 7th 2013 (first published 1982) Rating: 5 stars ”Although Freddie usually began by saying something gracious, the caller’s first instinct was that of self-preservation, or even to make sure that the door, now to the rear, could be reached in a hurry. Yet in fact, no…

Isolde

Title:Isolde Writer: Irina Odoevtseva (translated by Bryan Karetnyk, Irina Steinberg) Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: July 4th 2019 (first published 1929) Rating: 5 stars ”So what? What do we care about the future?” Liza, a girl of fourteen, the ”Isolde” of the title, lives the ”good life” in Biarritz, in the shadow of her mother who…

The Violet Fairy Book

Title: The Violet Fairy Book Writer: Edited by Andrew Lang Publishing House:Throne Classics Date of Publication: 29 May 2019 (first published 2001) Rating:5 stars ”Stories that have been inherited by our earliest civilised ancestors, who really believed that beasts and trees and stones can talk if they choose, and behave kindly or unkindly. The stories are…

Cuentos de amor de locura y de muerte

Title: Cuentos de amor de locura y de muerte (Tales of love of madness and of Death)\ Writer: Horacio Quiroga Publishing House: Echo Library Date of Publication: October 13th 2006 Rating:5 stars ”I don’t know whether the howling of an epileptic gives others the impression of a beastly, otherworldly scream. But I am certain that the howling of a…

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…

The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories

Title: The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories Writer: Various edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: May 2nd 2018 Rating: 5 stars ”Although one snowflake had already sifted past the lights, the great doors of the house stood open. It seemed less a snowflake than a shadow; for a bitter wind…

Star over Bethlehem: Poems and Holiday Stories

Title:Star over Bethlehem: Poems and Holiday Stories Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: William Morrow Date of Publication: October 25th 2011  (first published 1965) Rating: 5 stars ”She thought of the pictures that had been shown her – of the agony in the garden of the shameful death, of a man who, at the hour of death, was forsaken…

Christmas At Thompson Hall & Other Christmas Stories

Title:Christmas at Thompson Hall and Other Christmas Stories Writer: Anthony Trollope Publishing House:Penguin Classics Date of Publication:November 6th 2014 (first published 1882) Rating: 5 stars ”Yes, I want you to love me, and to be my wife. I don’t know how to tell you; but I love you better than anything and everything in the world-…

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

Title: A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings Writer: Charles Dickens Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication:November 25th 2010 (first published December 19th 1843) Rating: 5 stars ‘’He told me, coming home, that he hopes the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon…

A Classic Christmas: A Collection of Timeless Stories and Poems

Title: A Classic Christmas: A Collection of Timeless Stories and Poems Writer:Various Publishing House:Thomas Nelson Date of Publication:October 1st 2019 Rating:5 stars ”Some say that ever ‘gainst that reason comes Wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrate,  The bird of dawning singeth all night long. And then, they say, no evil spirit walks; The nights are wholesome;…

Christmas Ghost Stories

Title: Christmas Ghost Stories Writer: Various Publishing House:The Folio Society Date of Publication: 2005 ”This ae nighte, this ae nighte, Every nighte and alle, Fire and fleet and candle-lighte, And Christe receive thy saule.” Lyke Wake Drige Lament Christmas is arguably the jolliest time of the year. Lights everywhere, bright ornaments, laughing children singing beautiful carols. Ages-old traditions…

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…

Russian Short Stories (1918 – 1941)

Τitle: Ανθολογία ρωσικού διηγήματος του μεσοπολέμου Writer: Various (selected and translated by Tania Rahmatoulina Publishing House: Πλέθρον Date of Publication: December 2005 Rating: 5 stars *All extracts translated by me, taken from the original edition translated by Tania Rahmatoulina* ‘’All beauty in this world was born out of the love for a woman.’’ During the turbulent years in the…

Ice

Title: Ice Writer: Anna Kavan Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication:November 14th 2017 (first published 1967 Rating: 5 stars ”Carrying my suitcase, I walked into the town. Silence obtruded itself. Nothing moved. The devastation was even greater than it had seemed from the boat. Not a building intact. Wreckage heaped in blank spaces where houses had been.”…