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...]

Reading Journal: Summary for remainder of Week 2 2010

First off did anyone spot the 'deliberate' mistake I was making with my reading journal posts during the whole of last week? Yep that's right folks, I posted four entries last week, and every one of them was dated '2009' *blush*. That's an amazingly … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th January 2010

I never managed to put up a reading journal entry for Tuesday, or indeed for yesterday (time can be such an enemy can't it), so I thought, in a unique one-off, that I'd combine both days together into a single entry. In all honesty both days did … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Monday 11th January 2010

Ahh....Chekhov, the main man! It's been a while since I've indulged in him, and it's so good to swim around in the pool of his stories once more, especially when the 29th of this month marks the 150th anniversary of his birth. I'm going to be reading … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Sunday 10th January 2010

At the weekend my priorities change somewhat, and I tend to like spending as much time as possible connecting with my family. This all tends to put my reading a bit more towards the back burner - a reason why I'm also usually more random with my … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Saturday 9th January 2010

Did you know that this is the first reading journal entry I've posted since mid-November? Quite a heartbreaking statement for me to make, especially when reading is very much 'lifeblood' to me, and RobAroundBooks is the 'heart' that pumps that blood … [Read more...]

Book Booty: Win a SIGNED copy of Anna Shevchenko’s Bequest

Well you’ve heard me harping on about it enough lately, and now, thanks to the good and generous people at Headline Publishing, here's your chance to read it yourself (without actually having to buy it I mean). I have one signed copy of Anna … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Bequest by Anna Shevchenko

Thankfully the blogging blood is finally coursing through my body again, and it’s time to move on to my 2nd read of this new year, Bequest, the promising debut novel from Ukrainian-born author Anna Shevchenko, which is published by Headline this very … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Inspired by a Grandfather’s War Diaries

Inspired by a Grandfather's War Diaries, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. One of the top titles in my reading pile for this opening month of 2010 has got to be Bequest (Headline), the debut novel of Ukrainian-born author, Anna Shevchenko. … [Read more...]