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Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain


                                          Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain French fiction Original title – Millésime 1954 Translator – Gallic books (Jane Aitken / Emily Boyce) Source – review copy We all have a writer we go to for […]

Smoking Kills by Antoine Laurain


  Smoking Kills by Antoine Laurain French fiction Original title –  Fume et Tue Translator – Louise Rogers-Lalaurie Source – review copy I mentioned the other day that the Wodehouse prize for the funniest book in English had been stopped this year due to a lack of funny books. Here is another example of a […]

The Portrait by Antoine Laurain

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  The Portrait by Antoine Laurain french fiction Original title –  Ailleurs si j’y suis, Translators – Jane Aitken and Emily Boyce Source – Review copy I edge towards a hundred books from France this is book 92 and the fourth by one of my favourite writers or recent year Antoine Laurain is a witty […]

French rhapsody by Antoine Laurain


French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain French fiction Original title – Rhapsodie française, Translator – Jane Atiken and Emily Boyce Source – review copy Well two french novels in a week and the second here is the third book by Antoine Laurain I have reviewed I enjoyed the two earlier books the presidents hat and red notebook  Both […]

The red notebook by Antoine Laurain


The red notebook by Antoine Laurain Original title – La femme au carnet rouge Translators – Emily Boyce and jane Aitken Source – Review copy She drove her mother’s car, ’twas a 2cv I was most impressed by her casual dress I was most impressed Inside her rented room colored deepest blue I suppose we found […]

The President,s hat by Antoine Laurain


The president’s hat by Antoine Laurain French literature Original title – Le chapeau de Mitterrand Translator Gallic books (the four main characters stories were translated by three translators ) Source – review copy Antoine Laurain is a Parisian born writer ,he has won a number of prizes and has written four novels .The president’s hat […]

That was the month thart was the half way point june 2019

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The train was on time by Heinrich Boll Prague by Maude Veilleux Selfies by Sylvie Weil Jalaleddin by Raffi Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain Red dog Willem Anker A gun for sale by Graham Greene I managed just seven reviews last month and got to 45 books reviewed so far this year. I read books from six countries one new press Sophene […]

Books reviewed 2019

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My name is Adam by Elias Khoury The wicked go to hell by Frédéric Dard Among the lost by Emiliano Monge The sound of waves by Yukio Mishima Katalin Street by Magda Szabo The last summer by Boris Pasternak Sometimes I lie and sometimes I don’t by Nadja Spiegel Soviet milk by Nora Ikstena A long […]

That was the month that was June 2018


Soumchi by Amos Oz Blood of the dawn by Claudia Salazar Jimenez Smoking Kills by Antoine Laurain Ambiguous Adventure by Cheikh Hamidou Kane The Radiance of the King by Camara Laye The kites by Romain Gary Fleeting Snow by Pavel Vilikovsky King Stakh’s wild hunt by Uladzimir Karatkevich Well, I managed to review 8 books last month. Which as I was off work […]

Winstons books a few old favourites and an English classic


I haven’t done a new book post for a while so I will bring some recent purchases and a couple of review books.First two for review.                 First up is the latest translation from French writer Antoine Laurain. Smoking kills is the tale of Fabrice a headhunter in France […]

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