My gamble paid off. As I revealed at the beginning of the fortnight, I’d never actually finished a Fitzcarraldo before, but I now have 3 white covers and 2 blue covers under my belt. Interestingly the blue cover authors are both writers I had previously DNF’ed. (Clemens Meyer and Olga Tokarczuk) So the lesson for me is that I should perhaps let authos have a second chance to make their mark on me.

Below are links to all the reviews I have seen posted in the last fortnight. (Let me know if I have missed any.) These make for marvellous reading in their own right. But beware, your bank balance may take a hit …

Blue Covers (Fiction)

A Terrible Country – Keith Green (Hopewell’s Library of Life)

Arkady – Patrick Langley (David’s Book World)

Companions – Christina Hesselholdt (Gallimaufry Books Studio)

Compass – Matthias Enard (Hopewell’s Library of Life)

Dark Satellites – Clemens Meyer (Heavenali, Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings, Lizzy’s Literary Life)

Drive Your Plow Over The Bones of The Dead – Olga Tokarczuk (Heavenali, Peakreads)

Hurricane Season – Fernanda Melchor (Lonesome Reader)

Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants – Matthias Enard (Reader’s Retreat)

The Doll’s Alphabet – Camilla Grudova (1st Reading)

White Covers (Essays)

Essayism – Brian Dillon (Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings, Reese Warner)

I Remain In Darkness – Annie Ernaux (Lizzy’s Literary Life)

In The Dark Room – Brian Dillon (Reese Warner, Stuck In A Book)

It Gets Me Home This Curving Track – Ian Penman (Annabookbel)

Memory Theatre – Simon Critchley (Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings)

Notes on Suicide – Simon Critchley (Stuck in a Book)

The Second Body – Daisy Hildyard (David’s Book World)

This Little Art – Kate Briggs (Finding Time To Write, Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings, Lizzy’s Literary Life)


Meet Annie Ernaux’s Translator – Alison L Strayer (with discussion of The Years and A Girl’s Story) (Lizzy’s Literary Life)

Prior Reading – David’s Book World, Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings