Harvest, Jim Crace

I loved this book, for so many reasons!! It is the story of a week in an unnamed village in an unspecified part of England at an unspecified period. And I loved the timelessness of Crace’s prose: his narrator’s language is lyrical and deeply informed by the landscape but not archaic or faux-authentic. If we…

Blackout, Mira Grant

I’m not going to write much about this book: it doesn’t really warrant it! This is the third in Mira Grant’s post-zombie-apocalypse political thriller Feed trilogy – so I have that glow of satisfaction of completion having read it – but it is a trilogy that should never have been. The first book, Feed was,…

The Golem and the Djinni, Helene Wecker

There are some books – most books probably – which I read, finish and review pretty much straight away. They are like those meals which are fine, tasty and enjoyable but which you move on from. Some, however – stretching the metaphor perhaps to breaking point – I like to savour more, to digest, before…