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…

2018, A Year of Books

What dictates the choice of book we choose to read each year? I regularly start out with a plan, even a detailed list, and in January 2018 it was to read as many works in translation as I could, mainly to  enjoy authors I had never read before, as well…


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