Thursday, 22 January 2015

A Spot of Bother

A spot of bother
A Spot of Bother
Mark Haddon 

"At fifty-seven, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden, reading historical novels, listening to a bit of light jazz. Then Katie, his tempestuous daughter, announces that she is getting remarried, to Ray. Her family is not pleased - as her brother Jamie observes, Ray has 'strangler's hands'. Katie can't decide if she loves Ray, or loves the way he cares for her son Jacob, and her mother Jean is a bit put out by the way the wedding planning gets in the way of her affair with one of her husband's former colleagues. And the tidy and pleasant life Jamie has created crumbles when he fails to invite his lover, Tony, to the dreaded nuptials.
Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind."

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Train Man

Train ManTrain Man
Nakano Hitori
Translated by Bonnie Elliot
 "One day a shy otaku computer geek mentioned on the message forum how he had met a girl on a subway train."

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Top 5 Best and Worst books of 2014

Top 5 Best and Worst books of 2014

Another year is over and it's time to look forward to another great year of reading. But it's also a time to look back at all those great memories of the last year, and even those not so great memories. 

Here's our picks of the 5 best and worst books covered here on the blog over the past year. Be sure to leave your own favourites in the comments below.