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Lizzy's Literary Life · 3d ago

Announcing German Literature Month VII

Doesn’t time fly?  It seems only two minutes ago since we were celebrating GLM VI.  So quickly has this year gone, that I’ve still to create the GLM VI index.  (Which I will do sometime in O...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 1w ago

Spring Garden – Tomoka Shibasaki

Winner of the 2014 Akutagawa Prize Translated from Japanese by Polly Barton From one beautiful cover to the next – Pushkin Press certainly know how to package their goods!  But. While The Di...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 1W ago

6 Degrees of Separation: From Wild Swans to Wives and Stunners

Kate has opened this month’s journey with the bestselling Wild Swans by Jung Chang. Everyone was reading this in the 1990s – everyone except me, that is, Neither have I read John Spurling’s ...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 2W ago

August 2017 Wrap-Up

August 2017 was a very busy month during which I attended 11 of the 17 days of Edinburgh Book Festival (should have been 12 but a puncture put paid to that), read 10 books (see footnote), li...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 3W ago

Die, My Love – Ariana Harwicz

Named Best Argentinian Novel of 2012 by the daily La Nacíon. Nominated for the Edinburgh Book Festival First Novel award Translated from Spanish by Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff So the thi...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 3W ago

#edbookfest 2017: The Borgias according to Sarah Dunant

Think of 3 adjectives to describe Lucretia Borgia. Now hold those thoughts while I describe Sarah Dunant in 3 adjectives. Earthy, funny, cool. This was by far my favourite event of the 2017 ...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 3W ago

#edbookfest 2017: The Shortest History of Germany edition

This event was top of my #edbookfest wishlist because James Hawes’s The Shortest History of Germany prevented Roy Jacobsen’s 5-star The Unseen from becoming June’s Book of the Month.  I read...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 4W ago

#edbookfest 2017: The post-apocalyptic edition with Louise Welsh and Heinz Helle

Just wondering if you know the story of how this blog came to be? I lost a notebook containing 5 years of reading notes and decided that, henceforth, I would put those notes somewhere I coul...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 1M ago

#edbookfest 2017: The Man Booker International Prize Edition

Given that Nick Barley, Director of EIBF, was chair of this year’s Man Booker International Prize, and a second judge, Daniel Hahn, was on site to chair well over a dozen events, it was a gi...
Lizzy's Literary Life · 1M ago

#edbookfest 2017: The Martian Chronicles Reading Workshop with Paul Magrs

As I have read very little science fiction, and own a small number of unread sci-fi classics on my shelves, I have that decided that the science fiction thread of this year’s Edinburgh Inter...