Just a quick note to let you all know I'm taking a self-imposed blogging break for the next few weeks.
I am juggling lots of different stuff at the moment and my enthusiasm for reading and reviewing has taken a major hit.
To quote U2 circa 1989, I need to "go away and dream it all up again".
In the meantime, please do explore the archives — here's 10 reviews to keep you occupied until my return:
An Irish classic you may not have heard of:
'The Pilgrimage' by John Broderick
A black comedy about shopping and murder:
'Get Me Out of Here' by Henry Sutton
The loveliest war novel you will ever read:
'Fair Stood the Wind for France' by H. E. Bates
The best narrative non-fiction book of the past 5 years:
'Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea' by Barbara Demick
An evocative story set in the London fur trade that you will never forget:
'Skin Lane' by Neil Bartlett
The magnificent Hilary Mantel novel no one ever seems to talk about:
'Eight Months on Ghazzah Street' by Hilary Mantel
An eye-opening story about a suicide bomber:
'The Attack' by Yasmina Khadra
The book for fans of TV's Mad Men:
'The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit' by Sloan Wilson
A (Japanese) ghost story like no other:
'Strangers' by Taichi Yamada
A lovely slice of Victoriana by an Australian author:
'Sixty Lights' by Gail Jones