The Gracekeepers – Kirsty Logan

The Gracekeepers is a dazzling novel with a beautifully imaginative and highly original setting. I really didn’t want it to end! It’s a delicious slow-burner (although it speeds up rapidly towards the end) and something in the way it’s written is quite dreamlike, similar to the tone of a fairy tale or folk story. Continue reading “The Gracekeepers – Kirsty Logan”

Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter

Grief is the Thing with Feathers had been on my to-read list for a shamefully long time until about a week ago, when I sat down one afternoon and read it from cover to cover in complete awe. It made me cry, it made me smile. I didn’t want it to end. It is a perfectly formed combination of viewpoints, narratives, fables, conversations. The language is in turns poetic, rational, witty, bluntly tragic. It is, quite simply, stunning. Continue reading “Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter”

A Confusion of Princes – Garth Nix

This week, on a bit of a whim, I decided to re-read A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix. Garth Nix’s books had a huge influence on me when I was growing up – I started off with The Keys to the Kingdom series and moved on to the brilliant Old Kingdom series when I was old enough, along with his stand-alone novels. Looking back, they were hugely important to me in that they helped to form the foundation of my reading tastes and experience. Continue reading “A Confusion of Princes – Garth Nix”

Light Box – K J Orr

Light Box is an incredible collection of eleven short stories that are broadly linked by a theme of transition and its accompanying sense of foreignness. We are given snapshots of characters in the midst of disorientating change: an astronaut’s wife adjusting to her husband’s return to Earth; a man who knows that he is slowly going blind; a father coming to terms with his daughter’s illness; a businessman struggling with life away from work. Continue reading “Light Box – K J Orr”

The Bird King and other sketches – Shaun Tan

The Bird King and other sketches is a collection of previously unseen drawings from the illustrator Shaun Tan’s private sketchbooks. From beginning to end – even including the covers, inside covers and title pages – this book is full of wonder and imagination. I love flicking through it; I see something new every time, even if I’ve seen that particular sketch before. Continue reading “The Bird King and other sketches – Shaun Tan”