Afterthoughts: Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi

In a Nutshell: Don’t let the small size of this novel put you off. Atiq Rahimi packs an awful lot of story into a small space, and he does so with much elegance and poise. As far from a ‘feel good’ novel as you’re likely to get, Earth and Ashes is … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne

In a Nutshell: A very readable novel made all the more enjoyable by the presence of a wonderfully crafted main character. If you think this novel is all about corporations and oil then think again. It’s so much more than that. Highly recommended! … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Burning Secret by Stefan Zweig

In a Nutshell: Written with pin sharp perception and translated by one of best in the business (Anthea Bell), Burning Secret is likely to give you one of your most incredible reading experiences ever. ***** A few years ago Vienna-born Stefan … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Mysteries by Knut Hamsun

In a Nutshell: Dense and somewhat odd, Mysteries is a novel best suited to the more patient and thoughtful reader. Perseverance with this one can bring reward however, as Mysteries emerges as one of those few novels which has the ability to change a … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Extra Ordinary – Words by Supermundane

Produced by indy publishing house Present Joys, Extra Ordinary: Words by Supermundane (real name Rob Lowe), is a publication that certainly rings true to its name. Contained within a 20 page booklet are 55 ‘micro dramas’, which are probably best … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee

In a Nutshell: Despite suffering slightly from being overambitious in its scope, this is a stunning debut novel from Neel Mukherjee - one which throbs with poetic and cultural resonance. And so I’ve come to the end of what has been something of a … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: The House of the Mosque by Kader Abdolah

In a Nutshell: Once read never forgotten, The House of the Mosque is one of these rare titles that both nurtures the soul and informs at the same time. It’s perfect for those wishing to learn a little about one of Iran’s most tumultuous periods, … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: All That I Have by Castle Freeman

In a Nutshell: Although All That I Have won’t win any prizes for being an all-out action-packed thrillfest any time soon, it stands out as being a very well written crime thriller which comes with delicious literary undertones and a delightful … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Soothing Music for Stray Cats by Jayne Joso

In a Nutshell: Soothing Music for Stray Cats turns out to be an absolute gem of a novel. Fresh, invigorating, engaging - and coming with one of the most triumphantly realised characters out there - Joso’s novel stands as a prime example of why … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Bequest by Anna Shevchenko

In a Nutshell: The prospect of reading a thriller based upon the musty files of a Soviet archive may not sound too enthralling, but Bequest ends up being a sophisticated and clever debut novel, from an equally sophisticated and clever writer. Well … [Read more...]