The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

When The Age of Miracles came out last year it was a very 'buzzy' book that got a lot of good reviews, both in media and the blogosphere. It was also very popular and much talked-about because it was Karen Thompson Walker's first novel, and was written in the mornings before she went to work as a book… Continue reading The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

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Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild was published last year and I read quite a lot about it at the time. I like a good memoir, and since reading Martha Gellhorn for the first time last year I've wanted to read more travel memoirs and travelogues, and Wild by Cheryl Strayed seemed like a book for me. However, I always… Continue reading Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Kipling and Trix by Mary Hamer

The premise for this novel is simple - that the story of Rudyard Kipling's sister Trix is fascinating. Who even knew he had a sister, the blurb exclaims. Author Mary Hamer wrote a blog post for me about why she chose to write about Trix (read it here) and I loved the idea of exploring… Continue reading Kipling and Trix by Mary Hamer

When I Fell From The Sky: The True Story of One Woman’s Miraculous Survival by Juliane Koepcke

Juliane Koepcke was born in 1954, in Lima, Peru, to German parents. Her father was a biologist and her mother was an ornithologist; they had moved to Peru to study the wildlife, and young Juliane was brought up between the city of Lima and their home in the jungle, Panguana. Panguana is a remote spot… Continue reading When I Fell From The Sky: The True Story of One Woman’s Miraculous Survival by Juliane Koepcke

Laura Lamont’s Life In Pictures by Emma Straub

What attracts people to fame? Narcissism? Feelings of inadequacy? A need to be loved? For Laura Lamont, it's all these things; but it wasn't always. Laura Lamont the movie star begins life as Elsa Emerson, a young girl growing up in Door County, Wisconsin, in the 1920s and 30s. Her parents run a theatre in… Continue reading Laura Lamont’s Life In Pictures by Emma Straub

Best of 2012 Mini Series

It is ALREADY November, and we are already reading a lot of 2013 proofs (very exciting!) - so it's time to look back on 2012. I already have a list of about eight titles that I really loved this year, and will write a short post about each one. I would also love other bloggers,… Continue reading Best of 2012 Mini Series

Illegal Liaisons by Grazyna Plebanek

My apologies that I haven't posted in a while - I've had a really horrendous cold that had me totally spaced out and without energy. And I'm still recovering from it! It hasn't been very nice. ANYWAY. Since becoming an official fan of Peirene Press, I've had a greater interest in translated literature, and so… Continue reading Illegal Liaisons by Grazyna Plebanek

The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh

I acquired my slightly enormous paperback early copy of this book from the Penguin Bloggers Night (I will stop going on about that eventually) and it was one I was particularly eager to read. Having enjoyed Jennifer McVeigh's reading and having chatted with her at the event, I had high expectations for The Fever Tree.… Continue reading The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh

Pub Walks in Underhill Country by Nat Segnit (Guest Post)

This is a guest post by Hannah Gillow Kloster.   The Penguin Book Bloggers night was, as host Joe Pickering suggested, a whirlwind literary festival: 12 authors, 12 novels, three minutes each. One of the readings that most captured my attention was Nat Segnit reading from his novel Pub Walks in Underhill Country. Hilariously describing a small marital spat in… Continue reading Pub Walks in Underhill Country by Nat Segnit (Guest Post)