The Everyman of World lit about me and contact details

  • Welcome to Winstonsdad, the home of translated fiction and started the Twitter hashtag #Translationthurs. I have been running this blog for 13  years and have reviewed over 1200  books from nearly 100 countries in a wide range of styles from Prize winners through crime novels to page-turners in translation. The blog aims to lift the veil on translated fiction to draw in everyone to reading a few more books from around the world. Knock down the walls of mystery for many readers to books in translation and hell make these books sound fun to read. So if you have books in translation that needs a review. Contact me Stuart the editor of Winstonsdad. To send me your books! I turned fifty this year and currently, work for the NHS with people that have learning disabilities on a ward helping them to get back in the community. As a colleague once said we are the nanny Mcphee’s.of care world there when you don’t think you need jus and when you don’t need us you go back to your life !!. I am  Married to my lovely wife and live in a sunny town in Derbyshire. The blog was named after the Late “MR Winston” my dog. I am just an everyman I have a low-level job I left school at sixteen after that I spent time in Germany and the north east of England before settling here I have been a care worker for the last 28 years love my job for me satisfaction has always come second to ambition helping people although hard at times is worthwhile. For this blog is a passion  I am passionate about World literature and books in general fiction opens our minds shows use what the world can do it is our escape from to the present at times in this World we live in books are more important than ever.
  • Outside books I love world cinema,  visiting new places, bookshops, record shops and music, I am a small stationary fan slowly drawn into books and pens as I try and build a way to get more out of my days slowly as I am a  fan of slow living trying to make the most of our lives is important to me savour the moments we all have just passed us by and most of all spend time with my wife
  • Since 2009 trying to read the world a book at a time. I’ll make them sound fun! I still try and follow my own path. I always try and pass on my own passion for books in translation. I am a believer in a world where we all have something to offer and we also need to be a little kinder to each other
  • The Project is the new idea coming long term out of winstonsdad as I move near a 1500 books and then forward to two thousand books the next ten years as I see it is a book that uses various ideas to connect world lit these would be things like War, cities, post-soviet, village life, experimental to name a few I have twelve chapters over possibly two books that would interweave world lit from past to present in books around themes. The other idea connected to this would be a series of podcasts, radio shows, and interviews writers around the world connected by themes as we could jump from Europe to Latin America and even a tv show Asia in a few short steps. This Everyman guide to world lit relighting Joesph Dent the found of the everyman library series and shows that world lit is for everyone no matter how challenging we can all try and raise our bar as readers and read something outside our comfort zone. I am still working and trying to write a book I am thinking about drawing together and calling it the everyman guide to world lit I want an accessible guide to world literature a fun way to draw readers into my journey over the last 12 plus years as we see the common themes and how the world is really smaller than we think and books can interconnect. if anyone is interested in this idea of a book let me know!
  • As for books I tend just to accept Translated books but will consider books outside that if they appeal on a personal level. My email is below I tend to prefer real books just never really got into reading e books I love the feel and turning of paper in my hands sorry.

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40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maphead
    Apr 26, 2010 @ 02:35:34

    Very cool blog you have, Winston’s Dad. I like you devotion to world lit. I will have to stop by more often.
    Keep up the good work !


  2. Parrish
    Jul 14, 2010 @ 15:33:49

    Like the look of your blog, loving the range of lit & a fellow care professional, with a book obsession, brilliant!!


  3. JoV
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 07:42:20

    Glad to stumble upon your blog and I have always been obsessed about reading World Lit and wonder how you manage to every single book from every country!

    You got a great blog going here! 😀


    • winstonsdad
      Sep 01, 2010 @ 16:28:33

      many thanks Jov ,there is a lot on here alrea\dy think once get started reading and visiting sites like three percent etc you just find more and more to read


  4. Lu
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 19:50:36

    Bon Iver! Excellent choice. Do you ever use Pandora? I made a Bon Iver radio station (so they play Bon Iver and music that sounds like Bon Iver) and it’s fabulous. Thanks for visiting Regular Rumination! 🙂


  5. Caroline
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 19:55:45

    Like the idea of your blog and your favourite music! You might like my music blog too.


  6. Bekah
    Jan 22, 2011 @ 17:02:27

    Inspiringly nice blog – great books – I’ve jotted down some author names and titles to look for although I’m sure I’ll be back – You have some archives there I need to poke around in.


  7. Brahm (alfred lives here)
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 03:13:48

    Hey – just came across your blog, by clicking thru on your comment elsewhere somehow, and am intrigued! Good stuff — adding to my reading list now!


  8. Sarah
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 09:26:35

    Great idea for a blog. Found you through your review of Asa Larsson’s book – I have just reviewed it here for the Sisters in Crime bloggers challenge.


  9. Wahyd Vannoni
    May 09, 2012 @ 10:35:04

    Hello and congratulations on your blog. I have contacted you by email to ask you whether you would be interested in being part of a judging panel for my upcoming digital publishing class.




  10. tinychaptersontherun
    May 16, 2012 @ 18:54:51

    Hi there, Winston’s pa
    have heard about this and you.
    Today I published my book The Panic Ruminations, which is shot through with a broad East Anglian dialect – does that count as a World Book and would you review it for me?
    All the best


  11. Amos van der Merwe
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 21:41:33

    Impressive, really impressive. I’ll be back to read more…


  12. Dina Ross
    Jun 10, 2013 @ 23:39:28

    HI there

    I really enjoy your blog; as a trilingual reader, translations are the tipping point and can make or break a book.

    I wonder if you’d be interested in my interview with Diego Marani from my blog Books Now! – I see you’ve reviewed Last of the Vostyachs – he has some fascinating insights into language.…/speaking-in-tongues-an-interview-with-diego-marani/‎

    You might also be interested in my review of Liao Yiwu’s haunting prison memoir, For a Song and a Hundred Songs – my latest post.


  13. Derek van Dassen
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 00:35:29


  14. Caroline West
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 02:25:58

    Question–I came across your comment about Devil to Pay in the Backlands on the Guardian’s question about overlooked books. When you said it’s available on line, did you mean in Portuguese? If in English, how and where? Thanks, and thanks for all the great reading suggestions.


  15. Norma Stratton
    Dec 06, 2013 @ 14:19:07

    Snowing in Oregon, found your blog via Savidge reads…and Annabel….a great day for reading


  16. Blaine McGaffigan
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 08:49:44

    Hi Winstonsdad,

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    If you’re interested in joining this exclusive program, please email me so I can provide you with a PROMO code for free access to the “Timeless You” program and the log in instructions for the exclusive webinar with Deepak. Once your blog review is written we’ll send you the Amazon gift card code.

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  17. ARK
    Apr 17, 2014 @ 14:33:39

    just one quick question… i really envy your life now… what do you do for a living 😉

    because i am also a book lover but caught up in work all time….


  18. sandradan1
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 11:47:50

    Hi Winston’s Dad,
    I’m pleased to nominate you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Check out the link below to read my post, and to find out what to do next!


  19. jacquiwine
    Jul 06, 2014 @ 08:00:30

    Hi Stu, I’ve nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Feel free to check it out here, but please don’t feel obliged to continue the process – it’s up to you.


  20. roughghosts
    Sep 11, 2014 @ 23:24:02

    Hi Stu. I have recently come across an American publication called WLT (World Literature Today). Too expensive to subscribe outside the US but I signed up for their newsletter. There is an intriguing poll to chose a shortlist of the most influential international books (1989-2014). Some interesting titles, not all in translation, but I thought your blog might be a good vehicle to promote it so people can go vote. The URL is absurdly long

    If you are not interested, feel free to ignore it. The long list is worth a look though.



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  22. Patricia higlétt
    Oct 04, 2014 @ 15:46:36

    Just found your blog will definitely follow all the time,you must miss ßo so much good pluck


  23. Patricia higlétt
    Oct 04, 2014 @ 15:48:05

    Just found your blog will definitely follow all the time,you must miss Winston so much


  24. vicky blake
    Sep 29, 2015 @ 14:54:32

    I wondered if you’d let me pick your brains? Could you tell me the best books you’ve read set in the Spanish Civil War written by Spaniards. Many thanks.


  25. Angelina Hue
    Oct 07, 2015 @ 10:22:40

    Hello, I came upon your blog while looking up reviews of books published by Twisted Spoon Press. Am looking forward to discovering more translated works of literature on your blog – there’s so much to be discovered, be it different perspectives, cultures, history.


  26. maphead
    Feb 14, 2016 @ 03:48:52


    I just nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award:


  27. archecotech
    Feb 16, 2016 @ 08:45:27

    I was wondering if you have a few minutes to chat. I’m in the process of opening a small publishing house here in Russia and would like to ask you a few questions. You can contact me through my “about me” page on my blog.


  28. branka001
    Aug 12, 2018 @ 10:11:35

    Hi Stuart, just read the note on your blog. Since I have discovered it, it gives me a lot of pleasure reading all your reviews. The choice of books you chose is simply amazing. Take care, good rest and please come back soon. Branka


  29. Desirée B. Silvage
    Mar 06, 2019 @ 21:37:43

    ¡Good Project!


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