Her Father’s Daughter by Marie Sizun (tr. Adriana Hunter)

In short, Her Father's Daughter is another amazing little book from Peirene. If you are a child of divorce, like me, you will recognise at least some of the emotions and scenarios in this book. There are moments and situations that will make your heart stop; things you recognise that you hoped you had forgotten.… Continue reading Her Father’s Daughter by Marie Sizun (tr. Adriana Hunter)

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The Second World War: Selected Reading

Note on photos: where possible I have photographed my own books. I own the others mentioned in this post but don't have the books with me, so have used photos from GoodReads.   It would be impossible to narrow down the absolute best books about the Second World War, not least because there are scores… Continue reading The Second World War: Selected Reading

A new Peirene! The Man I Became by Peter Verhelst (tr. David Colmer)

As a rule I love Peirene Press, but I haven't actually read one of their books for a while. So I was very pleased to be offered a review copy of book no. 19, The Man I Became, which is part of the new 'Fairy Tale' series. It's quite an odd one, given that it… Continue reading A new Peirene! The Man I Became by Peter Verhelst (tr. David Colmer)

WWW Wednesday: I’m finally joining in with a meme!

WWW Wednesday is the brainchild of 'MizB' over at Should Be Reading. Every Wednesday loads of book bloggers join in and I've enjoyed reading their posts, so thought I would finally get involved. The rules are very simple: all you have to do is answer three questions. What are you currently reading? What did you… Continue reading WWW Wednesday: I’m finally joining in with a meme!

The Blue Room by Hanne Orstavik (tr. Deborah Dawkin)

As a rule I think Peirene Press are pretty fantastic, and their output is always both unusual and interesting. Given that they only publish books that have never before been translated into English, to a degree this makes sense. All the stories are a little quirky and unconventional, which I like. But for me The Blue… Continue reading The Blue Room by Hanne Orstavik (tr. Deborah Dawkin)

Sea of Ink by Richard Weihe and a Peirene Press Experience at Senate House

By now I'm sure you've all heard of Peirene Press - they are a small publisher bringing European literature to a British audience in translation. They publish their beautiful little books (all are intentionally short) in series of threes, each with a theme. Sea of Ink by Swiss author Richard Weihe is the third book… Continue reading Sea of Ink by Richard Weihe and a Peirene Press Experience at Senate House

The Murder of Halland by Pia Juul

What a funny little book. I was unaware of Pia Juul until The Murder of Halland was kindly sent to me by Peirene Press, a fantastic independent publisher that "specializes in contemporary European novellas  in English translation." Having been aware of them for a while, I was thrilled to receive a book from their latest… Continue reading The Murder of Halland by Pia Juul