Finally Holiday time

I have been missing a lot the last few months as I have just been running on empty two years of Covoid has been a lot. SO I have been counting down and now tomorrow Amanda and I finally get to have a long trip away we had a weekend away with family but this is our first break for over two years we had a couple of other plans curtailed due to lockdowns and restrictions over last year or so. So tomorrow we head north a last-minute change of destination we are going to Northumberland a place close to my heart as twenty-odd years ago I lived there for a couple of Years so when our plans change at the last minute a couple of weeks ago we opted for Northumberland. I even brought a guidebook as we look to do some new things this time we went a few years ago but this time we aim to do new things barring another day in Alnwick my old home town and home to the largest second-hand book shops in the Uk.  Barter books a shop that open when I lived there and had gone from the old waiting room of the station in Alnwick to the whole building over the years. This place was maybe the acorn of what I have become as a reader it was one of the first places I chanced on my reading experiences trying then unknown to me writers things like the Beats and some of my first translated writers. This was an age before the internet so a new writer was unknown to me as a reader no quick google search. A gem of a place. So a visit there it always feels like a rejuvenating experience. I have a pile of books with me and will be taking the laptop so may write a post or two if not I will be back and hit the ground running and reviewing in a little over a week. Has covid and the restriction hit your blogging or meant you can’t have a holiday? As we now face the world opening up again a=what are your plans moving forward

A quartet from Armenia

 

I have reviewed two books from Armenia one was by Aram Pachyan which I loved. So when I saw that there was four new books from Glagoslav from Armenia.

Robinson by Aram Pachyan was his debut collection won a presidential medal 16 stories each story is a small but sharp painting of various characters. a look at loneliness in the modern world. He was meant to launch these books with a speech a London book fair here is a link to the text of that speech. called the importance of difficult steps .

Raven before Noah by Susanna Harutyunyan Harout raised and saved by an old man grew up in an abandoned village that is home that has escaped torture from Turkey set between 1915 and 1960  one of the most acclaimed writers in Armenia

The door was open by Karine Khodikyan her fiction can be described as intellectual fiction for women. These short stories with a “MYstical touch” tell stories about women – young and old, happy and sad; even when the protagonist is not a woman, the story will immerse you into the life of a woman, revealing her role in anything and everything. These sound great don’t they !!

Point Zero by Narek Malian two historical stories set during the crusades on in Syria and then about pope urban starting the crusades a third story is a love story between a french  woman and a young Arab man in 2015 in Paris

This is a great new insight I looked at the three percent database and that in the ten years on the database there was only three books from Armenia published so this is a great leap forward!

11 not out Bloganiversary 11 years of winstonsdad

Well, it was actually a few days ago this blog turned 11 it has been a long journey recently I have slowed blogging wise but still am posting reviews. I hope to do more posts after this Covoid thing has passed. As for the state of the blog I feel I am settled I love doing reviews and these days mix review and personal choices more than I used. In the last eleven years, I have seen bloggers come and go and the world of blogging changes its quieter now as people use other platforms. But for me, it is still lively with those that remain like myself after a lot of years are like old friends. I maybe have less time to comment and spend less time on twitter than I once did but still love the buzz of a good week on #translationthurs hard believe that it runs its self as a meme ten years after I first suggested it. Moving forward more of the same I love it as much as I did when I started but in a more settled way than I once did. I  like to say thanks to all those Publishers, readers, bloggers, and book folk I have met through this blog or passed comment with blog-wise this blog has given me so many things I wouldn’t have done and hopefully have many new adventures in coming years.

Hi I m back from a week from hell

Many of you are aware i just had a week from hell my Mum had been ill for a while but three weeks ago end up in Hospital intially for a few days but over time her liver was in failure due in part to a genetic condition , even then she was due to go to be assesed for a new liver in a month or so , we got a call from my aunt who had been there with my mum saying she was worse than we knew so My brother and I went a week last friday and saw how ill she was and planned to come on the weds but by sun she was in ICU which time Duncan and I went everyday a six hour return journey to see here and then on weds last week she lost her battle , even know I feel numb and books have been far from my mind i did manage to read Black mose and part of the Unseen so keeping track with Shadow Man booker duty . I hope to get my reviews done in time but this year I am taking a back seat on the prize for this year . I am thankful for all the nice messages everyone left me on facebook . I am taking it a day at a time at the mo ,still not sunk in .

Happy 6th birthday winstonsdad

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Well its been a strange year for the blog my beloved Winston sadly passed away last year , I dislocated my elbow and I lost a beloved stepmopther  . Book wise i did another shadow IFFP another spanish lit month and  went to london book fair for the first time .But that said I managed to do 170 posts and 100 of those were reviews of books which isn’t bad going . looking forward after a slow and quiet blogging  wise start of 2015 my life is slipping back to its normal routine .So loooking forward I’m looking forward to Spanish lit month and then trying catch up with my backlog of books . I can’t believe I’ve manage to last six years doing this it has for me opened the doors to a different world and made me many new friends from around the world so here is to another year and a year closer to that first decade of winstonsdad .So we have 1086 posts on the blog and 542 books under review from nearly 100 countries .

Hello London , Bok london LBF here I come

I write this as I am waiting for my taxi to take me to station to get a train to bring me into London around 10 this morning . I have luckily been given the chance to go to the London book fair and meet the  writer Olja Savičević at the launch of her first book in English Farewell cowboy at the Croatian writer union stand and the publisher Istros books .I’m excited as this is the place a lot of translation deals are made so I hope to see if only at a distance how this works . Mexico is the country of note this year .I have 9 Novels from Mexico under review at winstonsdad . I may do a few short blogs today if I get chance to give the atmosphere of London book fair .

My tribute je suis Charlie winstonsdad

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Still shocked by yesterday’s events for one day only I turn rather poor cartoonists with a tribute to the four cartoonists that lost their lives yesterday in Paris .I’ll be back tomorrow with books

A song for sunday

Simon over at stuck in a book does a song for sunday so I’ve decide to try and do a few songs I loved between now and the end of the year .A sort of history of me in songs so now too todays song and it’s Morrisey Debut single after he left The Smiths Suedehead ,his first solo song. I have recently listen to the new LP ,but something about time and age meant I was less excited than when I heard this ,which was I remember on a John Peel show as I used to record songs from his show on a tape and then listen to them for a week or two on my walkman this is song was on repeat at the time just before the single came out  .Do you feel less excited the older you get about new stuff and artist you have loved ?

ooh I’ve got it and it has stickers in it Murakami love

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I decide to go and but the new hardback of the latest Haruki Murakami novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage ,was delighted to find the mentioned stickers are in this edition ,I’m debating leaving them as they are or using them to decorate the outside of my new laptop when I manage to save up for it later in the year as I think they’d look rather dashing on it myself
I love extra Murakami bits I have the diary from a few years ago and the app they did as well also seen the film of one of the books
Do you collect extra bits connected to writers ?

Taking a break

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Well I’m sorry to say my dear winston isn’t improving if anything he is getting worse .The tablets initially seemed to improve on fri and Saturday morning but since then he has gone down hill .I will be going back to vets tomorrow to see what they can do but I think my lovely big boy is letting his life slip through his paws .As one can imagine for Amanda and I this is a heartbreaking situation ,not helped by lack of funds but I have to do what is best for my boy and at moment he isn’t himself and I’m finding it hard to think straight so I feel a break from blogging is in order while I straighten my head out and sort my boy out for good or bad

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