Category Archives: Books in English

Gehen, ging, gegangen- Go, went, went by Jenny Erpenbeck.

Jenny Erpenbeck’s latest novel, now available in English translation by Susan Bernofsky, explores the plight of refugees in Germany today. Told from the point of view of Richard, a retired academic, who befriends a group of refugees, the novel relates … Continue reading

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The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich- A polyphony of voices.

In this extraordinary book, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, Svetlana Alexievich gives voice to women from all parts of the former Soviet Union who fought on the Soviet side in the Second World War. Travelling over several years, … Continue reading

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East West Street by Philippe Sands

Many of us growing up in the 60s and 70s were aware that leading Nazi figures were prosecuted, found guilty and executed for their crimes at Nuremberg. What is probably less well known is what charges were actually on the … Continue reading

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All the Birds, Singing- Evie Wyld

All the Birds, Singing is Evie Wyld’s second novel and won her the Miles Franklin Award and the Encore Award in 2014. A book of two parts, it is set on an unnamed island off the coast of Britain and … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Work- Harriet Harman

You don’t have to be a fan of political memoirs to enjoy this very readable account of Harriet Harman’s life in politics. The book takes us from her early engagement as a radical lawyer working for the National Council for … Continue reading

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The Old King in his Exile- by Arno Geiger, translated by Stefan Tobler

This moving and insightful book relates the slow decline of the author’s father over several years as he suffers from dementia. The beauty of the narrative lies in the way the author roots his father so firmly in the Austrian … Continue reading

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Something Old, Something New : Zadie Smith’s ‘Swing Time’.

Some of the themes in Zadie Smith’s new novel will be familiar to readers from her previous work: ¬†growing up in the diverse London suburb of Willesden, female friendship, exploring racial identity and the nuances of class difference in contemporary … Continue reading

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