Behind the Pen: Niccolò Ammaniti

Few contemporary writers get me in as much of a spin these days as the Italian, Niccolò Ammaniti. And so it was a real honour for this super fan to catch up with the man at this year's Edinburgh Book Festival, to ask him a few questions about his … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Me and You by Niccolò Ammaniti

In a Nutshell: While this may be the shortest novel that Niccolò Ammaniti has published to date, it's no less powerful than any of his other works of fiction. Containing all of the signature themes that have made Ammaniti the stand out storyteller … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Me and You by Niccolò Ammaniti

*Please note, I've now posted my afterthoughts for Me and You. It's not every day that I'll leapfrog a new arrival to the top of my review pile (especially while I'm reading as a shadow judge for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize), but … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Accabadora by Michela Murgia

Hand's up, who knows what an accabadora is? I'd be impressed if you did know. I didn't, but I soon found out when I picked up my lasted read which uses this word as its title. The meaning of accabadora is revealed in the cover blurb (see below). … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Fists by Pietro Grossi

And so my reading journey through this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist brings me to smallest of the offerings in the final six, Fists by Pietro Grossi (Pushkin Press). And if my expectations were soaring ahead of the last shortlist … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Oh, Go On Then!

Oh, Go On Then!, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. I'm sure you already know all about the World Literature Forum which is run by former Rob's Reader of the Week Stewart McAbney, but if you haven't, and you're into world literature, then … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

In a Nutshell: Although it's not wholly triumphant in plot, The Solitude of Prime Numbers takes the ambiguous form that is literary fiction and gives it a clear, precise and glorious definition. Definitely one for the reader who loves to see their … [Read more...]

Questions for Paolo Giordano?

This is just a quick addition to my forethoughts post from yesterday on Paolo Giordano's newly translated novel The Solitude of Prime Numbers, which is released in the UK next week. I stated in the post that a live Q & A session was taking place … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Bench Book

Bench Book, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. Over the past couple of days my 'Daily Bookshot' has been taken up with snaps of two of the three books I'm reading this week, so today I bring you the third and final book, and it's one I'm … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

[Note: My review of The Solitude of Prime Numbers novel has now been posted] Another novel that I’m off and running with this week is The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano and I couldn’t be more excited about reading it. I’ve already … [Read more...]