Birthday books and other arrivals

I’ve had a busy last three days was meant ot be off for my birthday but ended doing a couple of hours of work helping to cover lunch breaks for my colleagues on a couple of days off. Then with the other day off the boiler was playing up so the plumber came round but it took most of the day for him to come so I haven’t read much as I have taken Amanda on a couple of drive out round chesterfield and a little in the peaks and had a couple of walks as she is fed up of being at home as she is shielding through corona any way I’ll be back to reviews on tues. I have quickly done a couple of stop-gap posts for the next few days first some book porn lol.

The first two books I got for my birthday one from Amanda and the other from my in-laws. Both are ones I think maybe on the booker list at the end of the month. One a Japanese novel following a woman looking back on events in the countryside in her youth. The other is an Arabic book prie winner who follows six people’s stories in an unnamed Arab country talking about their lives and it is from Oneworld a publisher that has had a few books on the list recently.

Next three books I’ve been sent You’re not dying won the German book prize in 2009 nine and is a novel following a woman’s recovery from a life-changing illness and she rebuilds her life. Andrea Victrix is a Catalan dystopian novel about a man waking after being frozen for 85 younger than he was in 1965 when he was frozen in time what will he make of 2050? Then the latest in Penguin quest to bring out all the books from Simenon this latest is a man covering for his wandering wife. I have reviewed a number of books from him and have a number more to review over time from here.

I love Nordisk cover art here is their latest tale of a couple that both work at the same paper that sleeps together one night  is a critic the other a journalist. As we see the aftermath of that event.

Then a pile of books I have brought myself Caverva from Juan Filloy one of the lost gem of Argentinean writer I have reviewed another book by him but this one appealed as well, The Snapshot Claudio Magris is a collection of short prose pieces that he wrote for an Italian newspaper for a number of years. Then  Alain Mancklu latest is set in his homeland and home town but in the seventies, I have enjoyed every book I have read by him over the years. Alindarka’s children follow two children in a camp as the leader tries to turn them into Russian instead of speaking the native language Belarusian.I saw this reviewed somewhere and it appealed to me. The last is from Istros the Fig tree follows the post-war life of the family of Jadran that follows it from the fifties the early years of Tito to the break up of Yugoslavia and the aftermath of this.

Other arrivals is the latest Viynl from the wedding present a collection of their hits rerecorded semi acoustically over the lockdown. One my favorite bands I love this album. Also a cd from former Nick Cave guitarist Mick Harvey. An album with Mick Harvey and C R Barker of the poetry of Edgar Bourchier a touching collection of poems set to music evoke world war 1.  What have you brought or got sent recently guys?

 

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julé Cunningham
    Mar 20, 2021 @ 23:09:37

    Happy Birthday! I hope you get to celebrate it in style at some point – meanwhile what wonderful books to look forward to!

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  2. Lisa Hill
    Mar 21, 2021 @ 06:28:06

    Happy birthday Stu! I hope you had a good celebration:)

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  3. kimbofo
    Mar 21, 2021 @ 08:41:15

    Happy birthday 🥳 Stu. You have some interesting books to read. Books always make things better.

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  4. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Mar 21, 2021 @ 11:55:37

    Happy birthday Stu! Some lovely arrivals there! I have had quite a few review books come in which I’m covering for Shiny New books – don’t quite know what to read next…

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  5. Cathy746books
    Mar 21, 2021 @ 15:46:19

    Happy Birthday Stuart!

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  6. Liz Dexter
    Mar 21, 2021 @ 17:47:50

    Happy birthday! I’ve got a few in for Shiny New Books, too, apart from that, trying not to buy until I have the TBR more under control, but working my way towards a book token fest in a month or so!

    Reply

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