May Picks

Raewyn's been reading: Hoeg, Peter (2007) The Quiet Girl.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  Kasper Klone is an internationally acclaimed clown wanted in a dozen countries for financial irregularity. Kasper's astounding gift is "his ability to access people's acoustic essence, especially children's", and to listen well beyond the normal aural spectrum. He discovers that nine-year-old KlaraMaria has… Continue reading May Picks

Barb Recommends (from London)

Rachman, Tom (2010)  The Imperfectionists. Text Publishers.  An English-language newspaper headquartered in Rome brings together a strongly imagined cast of characters. Rachman, a former editor for the International Herald Tribune, paints the characters’ small dramas and private disappointments with humanity and humor.  A first novel this book reads more like connected short stories than a novel.… Continue reading Barb Recommends (from London)

April Picks

Lynne's been reading: Faber, Tony (2008). Faberge's Eggs. Macmillan.    The story of the last Romanov Czars  told through Easter gifts.   The Fabergé eggs are a perfect symbol of the court's decadence. The "surprises" they contained, from family portraits to a miniature Trans-Siberian railway in gold, reflected events of the time. Agassi, Andre (2009).  Open.… Continue reading April Picks