Category Archives: Books in English

The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream by Katharine Norbury

This book had been plucking at my sleeve for a while, since reading Richard Kerridge’s review in the Guardian in February 15. But it was visiting Spurn Point in November last year, that atmospheric low lying finger of land curving … Continue reading

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The Robber of Memories- a River Journey through Colombia by Michael Jacobs

This is the story of Michael Jacobs’ journey along the river Magdalena in Colombia, from Barranquilla on the Caribbean coast upstream to its source in the high mountain moorlands of the P├íramo de las Papas. The journey and the river … Continue reading

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The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico

This carefully plotted collection of short stories is set in and around Cali, one of Colombia’s largest cities, and an area which saw some of the worst violence in the recent troubled decades. The protagonists come from a wide range … Continue reading

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The Informers by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated by Anne McLean-a Colombian story?

This is a story of informers and betrayal. Set in the Colombia of 1991, the narrative goes back to the Second World War and Colombia’s role as a place of refuge for Europeans of every political hue: German Jewish escapees … Continue reading

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Tessa Hadley, the Midland Hotel and Bad Dreams

The best treat at the Midland Hotel a couple of weeks ago was the Afternoon Tea event with Tessa Hadley-as part of the Manchester Literature Festival she’d come to talk about her work and to read us the short story … Continue reading

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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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