Author Review – Kazuo Ishiguro

Sara DaniusA child of two cultures (English and Japanese), Ishiguro creates beautifully written stories in a distinct style of his own. Writing across several different genres, from historical fiction to science fiction, he captures the reader with fascinating settings and intriguing storylines. His work is critically acclaimed, winning the Nobel prize for literature in 2017.

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Author Review – Ragnar Jonasson

9780718187255Bleak, cold and brooding Iceland is the setting for all of Ragnar Jonasson’s mystery and thriller novels. Currently writing two different series, his stories have quickly become global bestsellers with vivid descriptions of the dark events that can take place in the desolate North Atlantic. Gritty crimes with realistic characters make each of his novels a gripping read. Jonasson is yet another great Nordic noir author alongside the likes of Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell and Anne Holt.

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Author Review – Haruki Murakami

60765auWhen you start a Murakami story you don’t really know what you are going to get. Most of his stories are set in modern Japan, and are filled with intriguing characters. These include a man in the novel ‘Kafka on the shore’ who always refers to himself in the third person, “Nakata loves eel”, and has the ability to talk to cats. Another is Tsukuru Tazaki, socially isolated and trying to work out why his school friends abandoned him many years ago. Murakami’s books are quirky, surreal and unconventional.

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Author Review – Fredrik Backman

042716_Fredrik_Backman_by_Edward_KoinbergFredrik Backman stories are quirky and upbeat, telling the tales of a diverse group of eccentric characters in modern-day Sweden. From obsessive compulsive Britt-Maree taking on the challenges of single life to a young girl exploring the magical and real world created by her grandmother, Backman novels are both funny and heartwarming. These books deal with real life issues whilst being light-hearted and entertaining. A totally different kind of setting to the darker side of Sweden we know from the Wallander and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series!

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Author Review – Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl birthday quiz - how well do you know your Dahl? Quentin BlakeReading a Roald Dahl book is a wonderful experience for children and adults alike. When looking for role models for children, it is hard to find better than Matilda, Charlie (and his chocolate factory), Danny (the champion of the world) or James (and his giant peach). I remember reading them as a child and even now I would count Fantastic Mr. Fox as one of my all-time favourite stories. Adults might want to seek out some of his adult fiction and autobiographical works. Totally different but equally enjoyable.

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Book Review – The Museum of Broken Relationships


The Museum of Broken Relationships gives a fascinating insight into the connection between people and the things that are often left after separation from those who we love. From stuffed toys to kitchen utensils, hand-written letters to breast implants, this book presents 203 items and the stories behind them that were donated to the two Museums of Broken Relationships. Funny, sad, bizarre and inspiring, this book invokes different emotions with each page and is hard to put down.

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Author Review – Mitch Albom


If you are looking for moving narratives that really make you think about and re-

evaluate your own priorities, Mitch Albom books (both fiction and non-fiction) are perfect. The classic non-fiction book Tuesdays with Morrie, where Mitch carries out a succession of interviews with his dying former teacher, was really moving and made me an avid reader of his fiction novels. Each conveys a profound message of self-reflection whilst also being enjoyable to read.


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