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Skybound - a Journey in Flight ~ Rebecca Loncraine

'The loveliest places of allare those that look as ifthere's nothing thereto those still learning to look' 'Deserts for Instance' - Brian Turner (Elemental - Central Otago Poems) Choosing another book from the shelf of Journeys that I plan to do from my armchair this year, and 'learning to look' at new places is becoming a real treat. I'd no sooner travelled back in deep time searching for Doggerland with Julia Blackburn and Time Song than I decided I was ready for a bit of vast open sky a...
Tags: Books, Wales, Rebecca, New Zealand, South Island, Picador, Tony, Kaikoura, Southern Alps, Aoraki Mt Cook, Trisha, Brian Turner, Dovegreyreader, Offspringette, Otago Rail Trail, 2019

Michael Donkor Brings Forth the Power of Women in 'Housegirl'

Most debut novels excel when their writers find a distinctive voice and stay with it for the duration. Such is the case with Michael Donkor's Housegirl, (originally in Great Britain, the title is Hold.) Donkor, named by the Observer as one of the best debut novelists of 2018, found the distinctive voice for his 17-year-old Belinda from an amalgam of housemaids who cooked, cleaned, and waited on him during childhood trips to his extended family in Ghana. The idea of "labor", of course, takes on m...
Tags: Music, London, Review, Fiction, Africa, Book Review, Homosexuality, Rochester, Britney Spears, Ghana, Orlando, Great Britain, Picador, Mary, Kumasi, Jane Eyre

Contemporary Classic: ‘Bridge of Clay’ by Marcus Zusak

Marcus Zusak exceeds expectations in his new novel Bridge of Clay. This is an epic Australian tale awash with masculinity: the masculinity of deep, beautiful men. It is a story full of heart, intelligence and sensitivity. Its men are mates, brothers and family and they are men who love and cherish women. The Dunbar men … Continue reading Contemporary Classic: ‘Bridge of Clay’ by Marcus Zusak The post Contemporary Classic: ‘Bridge of Clay’ by Marcus Zusak appeared first on The Boomerang Books B...
Tags: Books, Picador, Literary Fiction, Book Reviews - Fiction, Joy Lawn, Australian Author, Marcus Zusak, ByAustralianBuyAustralian, Australian literature, Bridge Of Clay, Australian classic

'South Pole Station' Presents an UnFamiliar but Believable World

The typical approach of the modern debut novel is to grab its audience's attention, to make a splash of the sort that gets its author noticed. This is how you get a book deal, this is how you quickly draw an audience -- books like Fight Club , The Kite Runner , even Harry Potter each went out of their way to draw in an audience, either through a defined sense of language, a heightened sense of realism, or an instant wash of wonder. South Pole Station...
Tags: Family, Music, Harry Potter, South Pole, Picador, Cooper, Shelby, Realistic Fiction, Apsley Cherry Garrard, Ashley Shelby, South pole station, Believable World, Cooper Gosling

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Company to Adapt Novel ‘The End We Start From’ Into Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Benedict Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch and Hera Pictures have acquired the feature film rights to Megan Hunter’s hotly anticipated debut novel, “The End We Start From.” The book, published by Picador this week, follows a new mother and her newborn, who are turned into refugees following an environmental crisis in the U.K. Forced to leave their home after London... Read more »
Tags: London, Benedict Cumberbatch, News, Film, Picador, SunnyMarch Pictures, The End We Start From, Hera Pictures, Megan Hunter

The 2016 Round-Up

Another year coming to an end (and one many of us will be very happy to see the back of), which means its time for me to do a quick round-up and list my favourite books of the year. I’m... Continue Reading →
Tags: Stephen King, Penguin, Top 10, Oliver Jeffers, Hodder & Stoughton, Doubleday, John Boyne, Round-up, Borough Press, Daniel Polansky, Gollancz, Orion Books, Picador, Sarah Pinborough, Unsung Stories, Weidenfeld & Nicholson

The 2015 Round-Up

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s time to take a step back and reflect on the year that has been. As is now “traditional”, I’ll be using this post to talk about my favourite books of the year, but first a quick blast through some of the non-bookish stuff that happened in the past […]
Tags: Stephen King, Harpercollins, Neal Stephenson, Top 10, Mantle, Hodder & Stoughton, Maclehose Press, Pierre Lemaitre, Doubleday, John Boyne, Becky Chambers, Round-up, Andrew Michael Hurley, Borough Press, Daniel Polansky, David Lagercrantz

Lucia Berlin: A Manual for Cleaning Women

Click here for my review in the Independent on Sunday of Lucia Berlin’s selected stories, A Manual for Cleaning Women – a book which has been one of my greatest reading pleasures of the year.  
Tags: Stories, Picador, Berlin Lucia, A Manual For Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin