Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012 shortlist

The shortlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was published this morning, revealing a final line up of six titles which span two centuries of history, and a geography that reaches from Iceland through western Europe, all the way to … [Read more...]

‘Shadow’ Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012 shortlist revealed

If you've been following my activities over the past month or so (both here, and on Twitter), then you'll know that I've been busying myself with serving on a 'shadow jury' for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The brain child of … [Read more...]

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012 longlist revealed

The longlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was announced early today, revealing another diverse selection of globe-spanning titles which have been translated into the English language. Topping this year's selection is Haruki … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: A Dream in Polar Fog by Yuri Rytkheu

A Dream in Polar Fog by Yuri Rytkheu (Telegram Books) is one of those books that has languished on my bookshelves for a long time now. But it's not a lack of interest that has prevented me from reading it thus far. Ever since I featured this book in … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Turquoise & Blue

Turquoise & Blue, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. There's only one thing I like more than receiving short collections, and that's receiving short story collections that offer something a little different from the norm (whatever the … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Boy Soldier

Boy Soldier, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. On the same day I post my 'afterthoughts' on it, what better book to focus on for my Daily Bookshot than Song for Night by Chris Abani? I've already said enough about it already, so I won't … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Song for Night by Chris Abani

In a Nutshell: Song for Night offers a vivid and powerful impression of what it may be like to wander a veritable ‘Hell on Earth’, in an African civil war that's left little for salvation. The main character’s ‘visionary interludes’ can make things … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Song for Night by Chris Abani

I try to be disciplined in my book reviewing and read books as I receive them. But every now and then a book glints at me from my pile like a fishing lure in a murky pond, and it begs for me to take a bite. One novel that’s been doing that a lot … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Pages of Silk

Pages of Silk, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. Qestion: What Does Andrew Kaufman's 'All My Friends Are Superheroes' (published by Telegram Books ISBN: 1 84659 000 0), have in common with a Moleskine? Answer: Both have luxurious creamy … [Read more...]