Tag Archives: The Guardian

“The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller (2011) – tales of the unexpected

To say this is not the Iliad we all vaguely know and love is a slight understatement. The Trojans are indeed waging war in the background, and we are faintly aware that Penelope must be by now weaving furiously at … Continue reading

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“The Thing Around Your Neck” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2009) – book review

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a novelist with a strong voice and a heavy axe to grind. She is unafraid to stand tall and proclaim her concerns about her people: she writes about the Biafran war and how it tears apart … Continue reading

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The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award – 2015 winner announced 17th June & “One City One Book” and “City Reads”

With its staggering 100,000 € prize, I’m wondering how I hadn’t heard of this before embarking upon the Literary Ramblings? Is this a well-known event? Presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English, and one of … Continue reading

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Wellcome Trust Book Prize – winner announced 28th April 2015, and “The Iceberg: A Memoir” by Marion Coutts (2014) – book review

The 2015 winner of the perhaps not so well known “Wellcome Book Prize” has just been announced from its shortlist. Established all the way back in 1936, the Trust is the UK’s largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research, … Continue reading

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“Do No Harm – Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery” by Henry Marsh (2014) – book review

“What a bloody, splendid book” (The Observer). If K had not recommended this book, I probably couldn’t have touched it with a barge pole. Famous in the family for fainting and banging my head on radiators when children have picked … Continue reading

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“We are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler (2013) – book review

This is a book you need to be able to pick up and read in large chunks. It’s also one that is easily spoiled by saying too much and spilling the beans unwittingly to someone who is just embarking upon … Continue reading

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‘Readers’ Ten Best Books of 2014′ – book list from The Guardian

These are the new books that The Guardian readers voted their favourites of 2014 : “The Paying Guests” by Sarah Waters – read, 10/10 “Do No Harm – Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery” by Henry Marsh – read, 10/10 … Continue reading

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