The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (translated by Michelle Hutchinson)

Most week-nights, Hubby and I cuddle up in front of the TV for an hour before bedtime. Topical comedy shows mostly, or sporting highlights, although we sometimes stumble across a drama series on iPlayer, which is how we got into Wallander – the British TV series adapted from Swedish novelist Henning Manning’s novels starring Kenneth … More The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (translated by Michelle Hutchinson)

The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather

Easter 2013. Hubby had entered a golf competition at his golf club, meaning he would potentially be playing golf every single day across the whole weekend: one round on Good Friday, two on Easter Saturday, one on Easter Sunday, two on Easter Monday. This was the third year running and I’ll admit, I saw my … More The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (translated by Marilyn Booth)

I was nineteen when I first came across the story of Patient Griselda, within the Clerk’s Tale in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. For those who don’t know the story, Griselda’s husband sets out to test her obedience, first by removing their two children at birth, supposedly to have them killed, then by throwing her out … More Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (translated by Marilyn Booth)