Looking for ideas on what books to read? The International Booker Prize 2020 short list might help

Women writers, and independent publishers, continue to dominate the International Booker Prize with the 2020 short list, which has just been announced digitally for the first time because of the Covid-19 Pandemic The novels have been translated from five languages Japanese, Spanish, German, Danish and Farsi and the authors represent…

2019: A year in books

In 2019 I read a total of 68 books written by 42 female authors and 28 men (note two books were jointly authored hence the seemingly poor mathematics.) The authors came from 22 different countries although several had left, or been forced out of their country of origin but still…

My Top Ten books from 2019

It’s always hard to pick your own Top Ten books of the year. What criteria do you set yourself? What is more worthy, the one that made you laugh, or the one that left you truly fearful for the future? Originality? Writing style? Characterisation? Plot? Or the fact that as…


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