The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami

Perhaps rather than review this book, I should just launch into a rant? This year I created a reading list for myself of books that were my friends absolute favourites. I have some amazing books on this list, and many of them have already been reviewed. Two that forced their way onto the list are…

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

In 17th century New England, a Native American boy called Caleb from what would later be known as Martha’s Vineyard would become one of Harvard’s earliest students. This book imagines his story, seen through the eyes of an imagined dear friend Bethia, using as much primary sources as were available to create the story of…

The Heretic’s Daughter – Kathleen Kent

A family story retold by the descendent of one of the victims of the Salem Witch trials, this follows the story of the Carrier family, capturing the social and political milieu which fostered the conditions for witch hunting mania. The language is passionate and evocative, told through the eyes of the ten year old daughter…

Moab Is My Washpot – Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry has a terribly British way of writing, a bit like Bill Bryson, so fans of his TV work with Hugh Laurie or as host on QI know what to expect. His humour is dry, self deprecating, and apologetic for his privileged background. In this book, he writes the memoirs of his early years, until…

Lud-In-The-Mist – Hope Mirrlees

I’d actually never heard of this one before, and came across it randomly from a more hard-core fantasy fan than me. It’s a novel from the 1920’s by a contemporary of Virginia Woolf who amusingly referred to the author as “prickly and perverse…rather conspicuously well dressed” and whom Neil Gaiman champions as a lost author…

Kate Remembered: A Personal Biography by A Scott Berg

From the Pulliter Prize winning biographer, A Scott Berg’s aim is to write a personal account of his time as Hepburn’s friend and confidante, as well share many of the stories told in the long interview sessions they had during their twenty year long friendship. In a way, it’s an odd sort of biography, untraditional…