Wintering: A Season with Geese

Title:Wintering: A Season with Geese Writer: Stephen Rutt Publishing House: Elliot & Thompson Date of Publication: October 15th (first published September 26th 2019) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I feel eager for autumn. The birds punctuate my year: time passes constantly but birds are the grammar of its passing, they give a rough working order to the…

Unofficial Britain: Journeys Through Unexpected Places

Title: Unofficial Britain Writer: Gareth E. Rees Publishing House: Elliot & Thompson Date of Publication: September 17th 2020 Rating: 4 stars ‘’After a long trudge over a misty moor, you arrive at the crest of a hill and pause for breath by an oak tree. Initials have been etched into the bark by others who…

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone

Title: Ghosts of the Tsunami Writer: Richard Lloyd Parry Publishing House: Jonathan Cape Date of Publication: August 31st 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’By the time the party came to an end, it was already becoming cloudy, but there was no wind. Not a single leaf was moving on the trees. I couldn’t sense any life…

The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

Title: The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey (Diarios de motocicleta: notas de viaje por América Latina) Writer: Ernesto ”Che” Guevara (translated by Aleida Guevara March) Publishing House: Ocean Press Date of Publication:  August 1st 2003  (first published October 1st 1992) Rating: 5 stars If you attempt ANY kind of political comments, the…

Historias de Aquí y de Allá

Title: Historias de Aquí y de Allá Writer: Luis Sepúlveda Publication Date: Otra Orilla Date of Publication: July 1st 2010 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I am the shadow of what we were, and while there is light we exist.’’                           Luis Sepúlveda One of the most important writers of our times returns to Chile after 14 years…

Τα Φαντάσματα του Γιορκ

Τίτλος: Τα Φαντάσματα του Γιορκ Συγγραφέας: Χριστόφορος Μηλιώνης Εκδοτικός Οίκος: Κέδρος Ημερομηνία Έκδοσης: 1999 Rating: 5 stars ’’Οταν πλησιάζουμε στο Γιορκ, οι ανταύγειες του ουρανού, ωχρές, φωτίζουν ακόμα την πύλη του, τα μεσαιωνικά κάστρα, τα γοτθικά καμπαναριά και τους πύργους.  […] Όμως, καθώς διαβαίνω τη γέφυρα, πάνω από το ποτάμι, κι ύστερα τη μεσαιωνική πόλη,…

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

Title: The Woman Warrior Writer: Maxine Hong Kingston Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: 2015 (first published August 12th 1976) ”I inspired my army, and I fed them. At night I sang to them glorious songs that came out of the sky and into my head. When I opened my mouth, the songs poured out and were loud enough…

Rain: Four Walks In English Weather

Title: Rain: Four Walks In English Weather Writer: Melissa Harrison Publishing House: Faber & Faber Date of Publication:March 3rd 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The village is far behind me now, its squat church tower lost in trees. The lane I walk is flanked by hawthorn hedges, and on the regress glossy hart’s tongue fens funnel the rain so…

Walking the Himalayas

Title: Walking the Himalayas Writer: Levison Wood Publishing House:  Little, Brown and Company Date of Publication: May 24th 2016 (first published March 1st 2016) Rating: 5 stars Sometimes, it is better to let the extracts do the talking… ‘’If you keep walking on the north bank of the Thames, past the Putney Bridge Premier Inn there’s a medieval church with…

Be With Me Always

Title: Be With Me Always Writer: Randon Billings Noble Publishing House: University of Nebraska Press Date of Publication: March 1st 2019 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Be with me always – take any form- drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! ‘’              Heathcliff to Cathy, ‘’Wuthering Heights’’ These are the most beautiful,…

The White Book

Title: The White Book    (original title: 흰) Writer: Han Kang Publishing House: Granta Books Date of Publication: November 2nd 2017 (first published May 25th 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I hold nothing dear. Not the place where I live, not the door I pass through every day, not even, damn it, my life.’’’ In the beautiful, mysterious world of…

Christmas Dinner

Title: Χριστουγεννιάτικο Δέιπνο Writer: Various Publishing House: Νάρκισσος Date of Publication: November 2012 Rating: 5 stars ‘’…Paris with the snow falling. Paris with the big charcoal braziers outside the cafes, glowing red. At the cafe tables, men huddled, their coat collars turned up, while they finger glasses of grog Americain and the newsboys shout the evening papers. The buses rumble…

The Light In The Dark

Title: The Light In The Dark Writer: Horatio Clare Publishing House:  Elliott & Thompson Date of Publication: November 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Winter in the mountains is arresting in its drama, the light melting over the Brecon Beacons as though it carries cold in it, not heat. There are the lakes of mist, too, the sun riding high…

Fox

Title: Fox Writer: Dubravka Ugrešić (tr. by Ellen Elias-Bursać and  David Williams Publishing House: Open Letter Date of Publication: April 17th 2018 (first published June 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’We are all footnotes, many of us will never have the chance to be read, all of us in an unrelenting and desperate struggle for our lives, for the life of…

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Title: Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall Writer: Anna Funder Publishing House: Granta Books (UK) Date of Publication: June 9th 2003 Rating: 5 stars *Any political comments will receive the axe. Don’t try to provoke me, you’ll fail miserably.* ‘’Peter Fechter, the eighteen-year- old shot trying to escape in 1962 and left to die on the death strip, because…

Autumn

Title: Autumn Writer: Edited by Melissa Harrison Publishing House: Elliott & Thompson Date of Publication: August 25th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’After all, autumn is the natural world’s gentle memento mori; it’s when the year’s cycle begins to slow as spring’s generative energy and summer’s riotous fruition at last start to fail, prompted by shorter days, falling temperatures and the…

Selling Dead People’s Things

Title: Selling Dead People’s Things Writer: Duane Scott Cerny Publishing House: Thunderground Press Date of Publication: May 25th 2018 Rating: 4 stars ‘’{…} imagine the business of vintage as the opposite of an enormous, heaven-wide window – a window that has no secrets, no filter. A portal through which everything can pass: life or death, normal or paranormal, objects or…

I Am, I Am, I Am

Title: I Am, I Am, I Am Writer: Maggie O’Farrell Publishing House: Tinder Press Date of Publication:  August 22nd 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’There is nothing unique or special in a near-death experience. They are not rare; everyone, I would venture, has had them, at one time or another, perhaps without even realizing it.’’ How difficult it is to write…

The Diary Of A Bookseller

Title: The Diary of A Bookseller Writer: Shaun Bythell Publishing House: Melville House Publishing Date of Publication: September 4th 2018 (first published September 28th 2017) Rating: 2 stars These are the experiences of Shaun Bythell, a bookseller in Wigtown in beautiful Scotland, in diary format. The working days, the customers (problematic or not), the co-workers, the struggle to support…

The Argonauts

Title: The Argonauts Writer: Maggie Nelson Publishing House: Graywolf Press Date of Publication: May 5th 2015 Rating: 5 stars ‘’You’ve punctured my solitude, I told you.’’ I feel as if I’m treading on thin ice with this one, because in all honesty, this is a book that one has to read in order to understand. I feel that Nelson…