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Posted by Emma Perry on Jun 11, 2011 in


At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction. She will die first.

Copenhagen detective Carl Mørck has been taken off homicide to run a newly created departmentfor unsolved crimes. His first case concerns Merete Lynggaard, who vanished five years ago. Everyone says she’s dead. Everyone says it’s a waste of time. He thinks they’re right.

The voice in the dark is distorted, harsh and without mercy. It says the prisoner’s torture will only end when she answers one simple question. It is one she has asked herself a million times:WHY is this happening?

This is the last of the Wallander series.

A novel that works on a number of levels: as a compelling investigation into a Swedish cold-war spy ring, a philosophical assessment of policing and its social function, and a very personal evaluation of a person’s worth in the grand scheme of things…Written in Mankell’s downbeat style (beautifully translated by Laurie Thompson) it has a fatalistic tone that is entirely fitting for the final testimony of one of crime fiction’s great protagonists…a hugely satisfying novel that ranks alongside Mankell’s best, a heartbreaking tale of descent into despair and darkness that serves as a totem for what great crime writing can achieve’ –The Irish Times

Posted by Emma Perry on May 5, 2011 in

While it would be quite a cool name for a band, Murder in the City is actually an event with a more literary spin. Crime authors from Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy and Scotland will give readings and discuss their work, accompanied by similarly spine tingling music from some DIT musicians. The event will be introduced by crime journalist and writer Niamh O’Connor. Catch it at The Sugar Club on May 11 at 18.30. No booking is required, and best of all it’s free.

The Sugar Club
Harcourt Street
Dublin 2.

Posted by Emma Perry on May 5, 2011 in

Our book club group have decided to meet unofficially throughout the summer months to discuss books they are reading by themselves. We will post the most popular summer reads as they are voted for

Posted by Emma Perry on Apr 12, 2011 in

Three Irish authors have been shortlisted for this year’s International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.


Tóibín – Nominated for Brooklyn

The three are: Colum McCann for ‘Let the Great World Spin’;

Colm Tóibín for ‘Brooklyn’ and

William Trevor for ‘Love and Summer’.

Completing the 10-author shortlist are: Michael Crummey (‘Galore’), Barbara Kingsolver (‘The Lacuna’), Yiyun Li (‘The Vagrants’), David Malouf (‘Ransom’), Joyce Carol Oates (‘Little Bird of Heaven’), Craig Silvey (‘Jasper Jones’) and Evie Wyld (‘After the Fire, a Still Small Voice’).

The winner of the award, which is worth €100,000, will be announced on 15 June.

Posted by Emma Perry on Apr 12, 2011 in

The finalists

    * Wang Anyi »
* Juan Goytisolo »
* James Kelman »
* John le Carré »
* Amin Maalouf »
* David Malouf »
* Dacia Maraini »
* Rohinton Mistry »
* Philip Pullman »
* Marilynne Robinson »
* Philip Roth »
* Su Tong »
* Anne Tyler »

The prize is worth £60,000 to the winner and is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language.

The winner will be announced in May

Posted by Emma Perry on Apr 9, 2011 in

The Lacuna

We started with The Lacuna which was the life story of one man who had a Spanish/Mexican mother and an American father. He was always moving from place to place but along the way he always kept diaries which eventually came together to tell the story. Some people found the link to the particular time in history was interesting and we all agreed that the main character held our interest throughout. However 3 people gave up on it as it just didn’t hold their interest. We all felt it was very drawn out and possible could have been more interesting as a much smaller book. We discussed the other book we all knew from the same author “The Poisonwood Bible” and agreed it was much more interesting although also a very long book. One person in the group really loved it but others thought it was over killed with detail. It scored an average of 4.3 from those of us who read it or started it and gave up.

On The Black Hill

Most people in the group had read and finished this one and it sparked off an interesting discussion in general about the twin-twin relationship that can exist between very close twins. It was the story of twin boys growing up in very rural Wales who with the exception of short separation during the war, lived together all their lives into the 80s and still shared the same bed. We all agreed it was an unusual tale with a very pathetic storyline to it. It was agreed that within the relationship, one twin was much more dependent on the other twin and he held the stronger twin Lewis back from leading a somewhat normal life. They lived in great poverty and primitive conditions throughout their lives even though they had built up a sizeable farm and probably had plenty of money. The money was controlled by the more dependent twin Ben and was probably used to control Lewis from setting off to see the world. The ongoing relationship between the twins was the strong storyline throughout. This scored an average of 6.7 from the group

Posted by Emma Perry on Apr 4, 2011 in

‘Dublin: One City, One Book’ encourages everyone to read the same book during the month of April each year. The chosen book for April 2011 is Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor

Posted by Emma Perry on Mar 31, 2011 in

For some light bed time reading try:

 ’Miss Pettigrew lives for a day’ by Winifred Watson

Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse.

Posted by Emma Perry on Mar 14, 2011 in

Le Divorce by Diane Johnson 6/10
Told from the perspective of Isabel Walker, a film school drop-out sent to Paris to live with her stepsister Roxanne (Roxy), the novel concerns Isabel’s search to learn more about herself and the French culture which threatens to exclude her.
Isabel arrives in Paris to discover that Roxy, two months pregnant with her second child, has been deserted by her French painter husband for another woman. The usually pragmatic Roxy becomes more and more withdrawn and morose as she considers her dwindling possibilities. Isabel, however, uses the circumstances to learn more about her sister and the city, developing her assertiveness and confidence as she assumes more responsibility for her own and others’ happiness. Indeed, Isabel’s unlikely affair with the much older Edgar Cossett, the uncle of her sister’s errant husband, does much to teach Isabel about the historical and cultural infrastructure of Parisian society. Under his tutelage, Isabel uncovers a sense of the city which she uses to acclimate herself to her adopted culture.
This book was not gripping enough for some to stick with but those who did found it a rewarding experience and enjoyed it. The main character tended to over analyse everything and she was a figure of fun for the French characters in the book but she developed as the book went on and ultimately was very likeable. It was a lighthearted book that wasn’t too taxing and it was given a book club rating of 6/10.
The Missing by Tim Gatreaux    8/10
This book was also a slow burner but rewarding for those who stuck with it. Sam Simoneaux’s is the main character, his troopship docked in France just as World War I came to an end. What he saw of the devastation there sent him back to New Orleans eager for a normal life and a job as a floorwalker in the city’s biggest department store, and to start anew with his wife years after losing a son to illness. But when a little girl disappears from the store on his shift, he loses his job and soon joins her parents working on a steamboat plying the Mississippi and providing musical entertainment en route. Sam comes to suspect that on the downriver journey someone had seen this magical child and arranged to steal her away, and this quest leads him not only into this raucous new life on the river and in the towns along its banks but also on a journey deep into the Arkansas wilderness. Here he begins to piece together what had happened to the girl—a discovery that endangers everyone involved and sheds new light on the massacre of his own family decades before.
Tim Gautreaux brings to vivid life the exotic world of steamboats and shifting currents and rough crowds, of the music of the twenties, of a nation lurching away from war into an uneasy peace. The Missing is the story of a man fighting to redeem himself, of parents coping with horrific loss with only a whisper of hope to sustain them, of others for whom kidnapping is either only a job or a dream come true. The suspense—and the complicated web of violence that eventually links Sam to complete strangers—is relentless, urgently engaging and, ultimately, profoundly moving. This book was set in an interesting time in America in an unusual setting and raised some interesting moral questions. The bookclub felt Sam was very unfairly treated by his employer when he was sacked because he could not prevent the abduciton of the small girl. When he eventually finds her he is torn becasue she is looked after very well by the family who ordered her abduction and may even be better off there than with her mother . This book was very well received and was given a rating of 8/10 by the book club.

Posted by Emma Perry on Feb 22, 2011 in

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