2012 Man Booker Shortlist

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Myrmidon Books)

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy (And Other Stories/Faber & Faber)

Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)

The Lighthouse by Alison Moore (Salt)

Umbrella by Will Self (Bloomsbury)

Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil (Faber & Faber)

Book review: Hour of the wolf by Hakan Nesser

Title: Hour of the wolf

Author: Hakan Nesser

 Yan’s pick

 He drives home, very drunk. Then he runs over a 16 years old boy on the road. The boy is dead.

 Under the cover of midnight’s darkness and heavy rain, he thinks he can get away with the hit and run. True, the police scramble and desperately ask for public help and the driver to come forward.

 Then he receives a blackmail letter which demands money for silence. Continue reading

The prisoner of heaven – a review

Title: The prisoner of heaven

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Yan’s pick

Barcelona, Christmas 1957, Sempere & Son’s bookshop struggles to get customers in. While the Old Sempere tries to find ways for business keep going, the son, Daniel has a strange visitor who buys a significant  antique book. More strangely the visitor does not only overpay for the book but also wants Daniel to pass this book to Fermin, whom Daniel thinks of highly and dearly.

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