The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

The Sisters Brothers Patrick deWitt Granta Books, Paperback, 272 pages, ISBN 1847083188 12.99 Chris Woolfrey Patrick deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers is a historical novel, in that it’s set in 19th century America, but it is not one in that it doesn’t need to be. Aside from regular, charming and amusing references to the  use of the newly-marketed tooth brush  – and one which the writer, … Continue reading The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt


7 Ways to Kill a Cat by Matías Néspolo

7 Ways to Kill a Cat Matías Néspolo Harvill Secker, Paperback; 246 pages ISBN: 9781846554506 £12.99 Gordon Weetman Matías Néspolo comes highly recommended. He was selected by Granta in 2010 as one of their best young Spanish-language novelists, and the cover of his debut novel carries a quote from Javier Cercas along with a special endorsement from PEN. For the most part, the English edition … Continue reading 7 Ways to Kill a Cat by Matías Néspolo

Halfblood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Halfblood Blues Esi Edugyan Serpent’s Tail, Paperback; 343 pages ISBN 978-1846687754 £10.99 Gordon Weetman It’s surprising there aren’t more novels about jazz under the Nazis. The contrast between improvised music and fascism provides a powerful ready-made metaphor for the battle between freedom and tyranny: on the one hand, unbound creativity and self-expression; on the other, brutal and monolithic destruction. Esi Edugyan’s Booker-shortlisted debut takes this … Continue reading Halfblood Blues by Esi Edugyan


Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld

Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld, translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green, Alma Books, paperback, pp 280, ISBN: 978-1-84688-148-0, £12.99 Jane Stewart Towards the close of Blooms of Darkness, award-winning Israeli writer’s Aharon Appelfeld’s most recent novel to be translated into English, the young protagonist, Hugo, becomes aware that a fellow refugee to whom he speaks, ‘bears a horrible secret within him, and … Continue reading Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld


Snowdrops by A.D.Miller

Snowdrops A. D. Miller Atlantic Books, Paperback; 273Pages ISBN: 978 1 84887 453 4 Price: £7.99 Janette Currie Snowdrops: the badness that is already there, always there and very close, but which you somehow manage not to see. The sins the winter hides, sometimes for ever. The conceit is this: Nick Platt, a lawyer on the wrong side of thirty is ‘three months away from … Continue reading Snowdrops by A.D.Miller


Waterline by Ross Raisin

Waterline Ross Raisin Penguin (Viking Adult), Paperback, 272 pages, ISBN: 9780670917358 Price: £12.99 Victoria Symons Waterline, the second novel by the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year winner Ross Raisin, follows the steady decline of a Glaswegian former shipbuilder following the death of his wife Cathy. The novel starts after the funeral, with the marital home crowded with Mick’s sons and in-laws. Slowly, however, … Continue reading Waterline by Ross Raisin