The Girl With The Louding Voice – 14-year old Adunni is the star of the show in this book and Daré has truly achieved a wonderfully compelling character with a powerful voice.
As a self-confessed Japanophile it seems only fitting that me first ‘Top 5’ list is 5 of my favourite books that are translated from Japanese. I always find Japanese books have such a distinct style, often with a wonderfully calming tone and the distinctions of Japanese culture shining through.
10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in This Strange World – Evocative, thought-provoking and packed with a cast of personalities, for me this is definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year.
The Song of Achilles – This book is an achingly beautiful love story. I was super excited to read this and had been meaning too for a long time after many, many recommendations and having absolutely LOVED Circe. I’m glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed!
Burnt Sugar – The story investigates the dysfunctional relationship between a mother, Tara, and daughter, Antara, living in the Indian city of Pune after Tara’s memory starts to fail.
The Booker 2020 shortlist was announced a few days ago and it’s exciting to see it is the most diverse ever.
How Much of These Hills is Gold – C Pam Zhang’s exceptional debut, How Much of These Hills is Gold, has to be one of my favorite reads of the year so for.
Braised Pork – fter reading the onslaught of quotes and snippets which surrounded Braised Pork’s publication I was buzzing in anticipation of a dramatic crime/love story riddled with Chinese folklore. However, that is not what I got from this book.
The Thing Around Your Neck – I was absolutely blown away by this short story collection by Adichie. She deserves every ounce of her reputation as a literary heavyweight and in The Thing Around Your Neck she documents the struggles of the clashes of different cultures with striking wisdom and flair.
Piranesi – Sixteen years after Susanna Clarke’s stunning and genius historical-fiction-meets-magic debut, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Clarke’s second novel, Piranesi, has finally arrived – and what a treat it is!