Archive for July, 2011

Be Near Me

Added on July 28, 2011

Be Near Me Andrew O’Hagan Harcourt, U.S.A. 2006 Be Near Me is a beautifully told story of an English priest taking over a rural Scottish parish where not everyone is willing to accept him. It received a starred review from both Booklist and Publishers Weekly and generally excellent reviews overall. Readers on Amazon almost all [...]

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Kafka on the Shore

Added on July 24, 2011

Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami Harvill Secker, U.K. 2005 This limited run, signed edition of Kafka on the Shore is stunning in its black and silver slipcase. I believe that it was issued at the same time as the U.K. first hardcover edition, making it a true first English language edition as well. I [...]

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This Is How

Added on July 20, 2011

This Is How M.J. Hyland Text Publishers, Australia, 2009 This is the true first edition of M.J. Hyland’s most recent novel. Text Publishing is a small Australian press, recently championed by Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee. The Coetzee blurb on the back cover of This Is How (shown below right) is actually for Hyland’s earlier novel Carry [...]

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The Patrick Melrose Trilogy

Added on July 8, 2011

The Patrick Melrose Trilogy Edward St. Aubyn Vintage, U.K. 1998 This harrowing, yet often laugh-out-loud funny trilogy is probably better known in North America as Some Hope, put out by Open City Books in New York in 2003. The Patrick Melrose Trilogy however, was the first time St. Aubyn’s three novellas, Never Mind, Bad News, and [...]

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Alligator

Added on July 3, 2011

Alligator Lisa Moore House of Anansi, Canada, 2005 Alligator, Moore’s first novel, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and nominated for the IMPAC Award. It won the 2006 Commonwealth Writers Award. This fast paced novel, set in Newfoundland, got excellent reviews and readers on Amazon seem to love it. It was a Globe and Mail [...]

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