It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.1 As Gregor Samsa awoke that morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.2 The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears’ house.3 Curiouser and curiouser!, cried Alice.4 ‘It’s today!’ said Piglet. ‘My favourite day,’ said Pooh.5
That was the day the Curious Book Fans site was born. We built a small room on the world wide web. The door is open for all readers who want to hear and talk about books. Welcome to our room full of books…
Most popular reviews in 2012
- The Kashmir Shawl – Rosie Thomas
1.The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas is a story of two women separated by 70 years but linked by a shawl and a lock of hair. It’s a mystery story, a historic novel and several love stories all rolled into one.
- Monday to Friday Man, Alice Peterson
2. Overall, ‘Monday to Friday Man‘ is a very enjoyable read about relationships and friendship. It is also a little bit about following your heart and not worrying about the things that you cannot change...
- All That I am Anna Funder
3. As a novel this is the story of a small group of individuals, it doesn’t aim to look at what happened to the German left/far left in the Weimar period, but it is ground which has not been so thoroughly covered in the books about the period I have read...
- Sleeping Patterns, J. R. Crook
4. With Sleeping Patterns, Crook proves he has both the imagination and the bravery to give us something out of the ordinary, and I’m certainly looking forward to his next endeavor.
- Before I Met You, Lisa Jewell
5. Before I Met You is an immensely enjoyable and moving story that had me hooked from the very first pages. I particularly liked the way that the story kept switching between the past and the present...
- No Child of Mine by Susan Lewis
- These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach
7. Whether it’s this book or any of her others you choose, Moggach’s talent lies in painting believable characters that the reader can’t fail to engage with and in many instances to care about deeply.
Curious Book Fans talked to:
- Will Schwalbe
Will Schwalbe: Mom would have wanted readers to be proud of themselves as readers — to realize that reading is one of the most important things you can do — it’s how you know what you need to do in life and how you join the human conversation.
- Essie Fox
Essie Fox: Oddly enough, when I first started to write I was planning on something contemporary. But every time I began, a character or some ‘item’ from the past would crop up and intrude on the novel’s plot
- Sonia Faleiro
Sonia Faleiro: I met Leela through a source in what I call the ‘bar and brothel business’. She was 19 at the time, and one of the smartest young women I’d met anywhere. I immediately knew I wanted to write about her...
- Patrick Bishop
Patrick Bishop: I am of the view that most Talibs are fighting for the same reasons that young men fight – for the excitement of it and to test themselves. In this respect they are not much different to their British and American opponents.
- Abbas Kazerooni
- Christie Watson
- Oliver Burkeman
- Martin Pevsner
Martin Pevsner: I had a different name for the novel originally – Companions of the Garden – a reference to the Qur’an. An agent told me people browsing in a bookshop would presume it was a gardening book.
- Deborah Harkness
- Farahad Zama
Farahad Zama: Yes, my wife’s uncle was our neighbour and that’s how the marriage was arranged. I met my wife for the first time in October and we were married on New Year’s eve, six weeks later.
- Alex Marsh
Alex Marsh: I used up the best bits of my life in Sex and Bowls and Rock and Roll and don’t want to do a diminishing returns thing… but I have been floored by some of the nice things that people have said about this one.
- Urmilla Deshpande
Urmilla Deshpande: The Kashmir in my book is no more real, I think, than is the Alexandria in Durrell’s quartet or the London that Sherlock Holmes lives in.
- Sorayya Khan
Sorayya Khan: The inspiration for Five Queen’s Road is drawn from real events in my family’s history. Five Queen’s Road, in fact, was once the real address of my father’s parents’ home in Lahore ...