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…

Love and Other Thought Experiments

Title: Love and Other Thought Experiments Writer: Sophie Ward Publishing House: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group Date of Publication: September 28th 2021 (first published February 6th 2020) Rating: 5 stars ‘’There is the physical knowledge of another person but can there be an understanding of what it is like to have their experience?’’ Eliza and Rachel…

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….

Human Terrain

Title:Human Terrain Writer: Emily Bullock Publishing House: Reflex Press Date of Publication: August 31st 2021 Rating: 5 stars “On the 18th of December 1989, when waves smashed Blackpool pier and leaves whipped against windows, she began to fight. In the upstairs bathroom, on a blue fish and smiling dolphin beach towel, the ambulance delayed under…

The Island of Missing Trees

Title:The Island Of Missing Trees Writer: Elif Shafak Publishing House: Viking Date of Publication: August 5th 2021  Rating: 5 stars “Once upon a memory, at the far end of the Mediterranean Sea, there lay an island so beautiful and blue that the many travellers, pilgrims, crusaders and merchants who fell in love with it either…

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….

An Approach to Black

Title: An Approach to Black Writer: Emily Jeremiah Publishing House: Reflex Press Date of Publication: August 3rd 2021 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Dare I hope that I shall go outside again? Dare I hope that I shall live again, beyond this existence in this cell? Night – times I am pursued by visions and wake up…

The Cornish Coast Murder

Title: The Cornish Coast Murder Writer: John Bude Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: April 15th 2014 (first published 1935) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was raining fitfully and gusts of wind from off the Atlantic rattles the window-frames and sought dismally among the sprinkling of gaunt pipers which surrounded the Vicarage. It…

Magma

Title: Magma (original title: Kvika) Writer: Þóra Hjörleifsdóttir (translated by Meg Matich) Publishing House: Grove Press Date of Publication:  July 13th 2021 (first published February 12th 2019) Rating: 5 stars ‘’An attractive man like me can’t be with a girl who’s slept with so many creeps.’’ A narcissistic parasite. A psychotic pervert. A psychological and physical…

Eleven Lines to Somewhere

Title: Eleven Lines to Somewhere Writer: Alyson Rudd Publishing House: HQ Date of Publication: July 23rd 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A woman alone could not be alone, it would appear. They all think they can own you, help you, pester you, intimidate you. Only when the trains were moving was she safely in a bubble…

Island

Title: Island (original title: Ø) Writer: Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen (translated by Caroline Waight) Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: June 24th 2021 (first published August 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’She stands with her back to the low copse of planted trees, looking down the mountain to the village, blue in the August night,…

The End of the World is a Cul de Sac

Title: The End of the World is a Cul de Sac Writer: Louise Kennedy Publishing House: Bloomsbury Publishing Date of Publication: April 8th 2021 Rating: 4 stars ‘’The statue stood in the clearing. It was a wood nymph, lifelike yet diminutive, the height of an adolescent girl. A dappling of sunlight was flickering over her,…

Ten White Geese

Title: Ten White Geese (original title: De Omweg) Writer: Gerbrand Bakker (translated by David Colmer) Publishing House: Penguin Books Date of Publication: February 26th 2013 (first published 2010) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Now and then, at night, sitting on the window seat and looking out into the darkness through the tendrils of an old creeper, she…

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,…

Βlue Postcards

Title: Blue Postcards Writer: Douglas Bruton Publishing House: Fairlight Books Date of Publication: July 8th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ”Years ago in the blue mists of memory, there was a street in Paris called the Street of Tailors. Men sat outside their shops like kings on their thrones, and they nodded to each other or…

Wild Swims

Title: Wild Swims (original title: Kort Over Canada) Writer: Dorthe Nors (translated by Misha Hoekstra) Publishing House: Graywolf Press Date of Publication:  February 2nd 2021 (first published April 23rd 2018) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Both fairground and field have been baking all day in the late-summer sun. It’s September now, and when she walks around the…

Golem

Title: Golem Writer: Pierre Assouline Publishing House: Gallimard Date of Publication: January 1st 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Where would I go, if I could go, who would I be, if I could be, what would I say, if I had a voice, who says this, saying it’s me?’’                          Samuel Beckett – The Unnamable Gustave Meyer…