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Review of ‘Trümmerkind’ by Mechtild Borrmann

Review of ‘Trümmerkind’ by Mechtild Borrmann

Post-war Hamburg. A city in ruins. A little boy finds something unexpected among the rubble, and a crime story set against the backdrop of a ruined Germany unfolds… I’m happy to say that I recently (finally!) joined the Goethe-Institut library in London, so now I can borrow all the wonderful German books they have there. I marked the occasion by taking out a couple of books by Mechtild Borrmann, a German crime writer whose work I discovered back in 2015…

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Review of ‘Wo wir zu Hause sind’ by Maxim Leo

Review of ‘Wo wir zu Hause sind’ by Maxim Leo

I think I should start this review with a very brief explainer. I didn’t set out to review German books that haven’t yet been translated into English, but I completely fell in love with this book and just felt I had to write about it. So if you don’t read German, apologies for that – but fingers crossed this will find its way into translation very soon! You may actually be familiar with Maxim Leo from his previous book Red…

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Review of ‘The Courier’ by Kjell Ola Dahl

Review of ‘The Courier’ by Kjell Ola Dahl

Last week was a very exciting one for me. Because… I got my first book post since starting my new blog! And it was particularly special for me, as the book was none other than The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett and published by Orenda Books. I haven’t read anything by Dahl before (though I’m sure that will change!) but I knew as soon as I saw Orenda tweeting about it that this…

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Carry the Music in Your Heart

Carry the Music in Your Heart

Stasha’s footsteps echoed as she walked along the road towards what once had been her home. Everything else faded into the background, the world almost silent except for the lonely beating of the borrowed shoes that pinched her toes with every step. But the pain in her feet was barely noticeable. She could think of nothing but the family who should be by her side, the mother, father, sisters who would never walk this road again. The houses lining the…

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Review of ‘Mischling’ by Affinity Konar

Review of ‘Mischling’ by Affinity Konar

‘While she talked, I hummed in my mind so I didn’t have to hear what she said. I hummed “Blue Danube” till its blueness began to cloak my thoughts, but even this blueness wasn’t enough to drown out the whole story.’ Let me start by saying that Mischling is without doubt one of the best books I read in 2018. I picked it up in Oxfam a while ago, drawn in by the blurb on the back cover (I wrote…

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