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Yesterday he was your nephew, today he is our son.

May 31, 2012


What the Day Owes the Night The book opens with Younes, the son of an illiterate Muslim farmer, contemplating his father’s uncharacteristic happiness. The happiness is short-lived (happiness is in short supply throughout the novel in fact).  After an arson attack on their promised harvest, the family is forced to move to a city slum […]

Getting ahead of myself

May 29, 2012


In case any of you are reading the world with me, you may want to know what the next couple of books are going to be.  First, I should let you know that I have already finished What the Day Owes the Night but my thoughts will have to wait, as I’m still digesting it […]

What the Day Owes the Night

May 22, 2012


The first book arrived yesterday, left under a dwarf Lady Bush by the front door, (it’s a peach tree), the literary equivalent of a baby left under a gooseberry bush, except one you’d like to keep you awake at night. The delivery is small and squat, with large print and reasonably short chapters – perfect […]

Don’t stop a donkey

May 20, 2012


Afghanistan Don’t stop a donkey that isn’t yours – Afghan Proverb Doesn’t this sound so much better than the sneery playground – ‘mind your own business/onions/beeswax. Or the aggressive, fingers twiddling over a holster, ‘Step away from the donkey/nothing to see here’? Just let another man’s donkey walk on unmolested and covet your own ass. […]

Things alphabetical

May 19, 2012


I have chosen to travel the world (literarily speaking) in alphabetical order even though it would be a terrible way to travel it on foot, because, as David Rees the cartoonist once said, ‘Nothing beats alphabetical order. IT’S THE ONLY ORDER LETTERS COME IN.’  Well, for about 3000 years anyway. I guess it’s also unsurprising […]

Opening up

May 18, 2012


Yesterday while reading some world dictionaries – I work for the OED so not such a strange task for a Thurs afternoon – I made the decision to read a book from every country on the planet. The researcher in me immediately said very, very quietly (we work in a silent office and I have […]