I’ve got enough books to be getting on with. Can you believe I said that? But ’tis true. However, the 200,000 hit milestone requires some kind of celebration. So instead of buying more books for myself, let me send you some books to say a heartfelt thank you.
Now I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Dutch Literature Month which is being organised by Iris On Books and as chance would have it, I have a spare proof of Tommy Wieringa’s Caesarion, which will be published by Portobello Books on 9th June, and is one of the books that I will be reading next month.
Ludwig Unter’s life held such promise. His parents were artists and, from an early age, his own musical genius had marked him out for a stellar career in the world’s concert halls. In his mother’s imagination, Ludwig is already on the way to surpassing her most ambitious dreams for him. But in reality, and for now, he’s playing in local cocktail bars and the two of them are living alone in a storm-lashed clifftop cottage in East Anglia. As the forceful winter seas bash away at the coastline, and Ludwig plunks away at the piano, he begins to tell a woman his story: a story of beauty and decay, of a child’s faith and parental betrayal, and of the importance, in the end, of self-sacrifice.
I’d love to have someone to read along with.
Or perhaps you’d like to read my favourite Dutch novel ever. W F Herman’s The Darkroom of Damocles, reviewed here. I could happily reread it next month, but I shan’t. I’ll concentrate on the great unread in the TBR and look forward to your feedback on the novel instead. I’ll send one lucky winner a brand new paperback copy.
To enter for one or both of the above, simply leave a comment stating your interest. Open internationally. The only precondition of entry is that winners promise to support Iris’s Dutch Literature Month by reading their book in June and reviewing either on your blog, if you have one, or providing feedback here. Simples!
Winners will be announced next Sunday, giving me a chance to get the books to you in time for June.