Category Archives: Memoir

The Years by Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison L. Strayer

This life of a woman born in France in 1941 is set against a backdrop of social and political development and change from the post war years right up to the early 21st century. Through personal and collective memories, descriptions … Continue reading

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Voices from Chernobyl- Svetlana Alexievich

I often thought that the simple fact, the mechanical fact, is no closer to the truth than a vague feeling, rumor, vision. Why repeat the facts- they cover up our feelings. The development of these feelings, the spilling of these … Continue reading

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On the Red Hill by Mike Parker

Mike Parker and his partner, Peredur, are overwhelmed when they discover that their elderly friends, George and Reg, have bequeathed their beautiful house in mid- Wales, Rhiw Goch, to them. They had in fact been caring for their friends during … Continue reading

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Returning to Reims by Didier Eribon, translated by Michael Lucey

This memoir is a powerful account of return. Didier Eribon, now Professor of Sociology at the University of Amiens, and author of many books, left his working class family behind him when he went to study in Paris and had … Continue reading

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Am Fluss- River- by Esther Kinsky

A woman of indeterminate age arrives in an area of East London, near to the River Lea. We know little about her, nor why she’s come there, but she spends her days walking with no particular plan along the river, … Continue reading

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The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es

Bart van Es was aware that his Dutch grandparents had sheltered a Jewish girl during the second world war when the Netherlands was under German occupation. He also knew that the family had broken off contact with her a long … Continue reading

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Ein schönes Paar- a Handsome Couple by Gert Loschuetz

I hadn’t come across Gerd Loschütz before but was curious about this book after hearing it reviewed on the Büchermarkt podcast and recommended by the proprietor of the Botnanger Buchladen, my favourite German indie bookshop . It was said to … Continue reading

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