Newsletter No 1 (March 2nd 2010)


Welcome to the new edition – in fact the FIRST EVER edition – of the Curious Book Fans newsletter. In this issue we’ll highlight a few of the recently published book reviews, cut the ribbon on our first ever competition and announce our first ever author’s interview. Sit, click and enjoy…
Sincerely yours, Curious Book Fans

Sorayya Khan talks to Curious Book Fans

In the first author’s interview on Curious Book Fans site we talk to Sorayya Khan, author of novels Noor (2003) and Five Queen’s Road (2009). She was born in Europe, grew up in Pakistan and now lives in the US. Her story, “In the Shadows of the Margalla Hills,” won the 1995 Malahat Review First Novella prize.

Intrigued by her splendid family saga Five Queen’s Road and her internationally diverse background we were very curious to hear more from Sorayya herself.

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Kate Grenville - The Lieutenant Choose favourite books and win a book!

Here it comes – the first ever competition/book giveaway on Curious Book Fans site.
You can win one of the recently published books. The prize list features latest book from Orange prize winner Kate Grenville – ‘The Lieutenant’ and ‘One Day’ by David Nichols – great bestseller, currently No 11 bestselling book on

Rules are simple and competition is open until April 16th.

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Digging to America By Anne Tyler Digging to America By Anne Tyler

Life is full of happy accidents and meetings that develop into more than could ever have been anticipated. There are people you meet completely randomly who go on to become important in your life in unpredictable ways. Such is the case for two Baltimore couples and their extended families in Anne Tyler’s “Digging to America“. Both couples are childless and both have opted to adopt a girl child from Korea. Other than that they have little in common.

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How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone

Aleksandar Krsmanovic, the young hero of “How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone“, doesn’t know why it matters what name you have, only that he has the right name. He enjoys an idyllic childhood in Bosnia until the sudden death of his grandfather, which happens at precisely the same time as Carl Lewis sets a new world record on television. Close to his grandfather, Aleksandar struggles to come to terms with his death

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Zoia’s Gold

They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but I’m afraid it was the cover of Zoia’s Gold that attracted me to it. The woman’s face reminded me a little of an Italian Renaissance Madonna with the soft shadows reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius. Reading the blurb on the back cover.

An interesting blend of fact and fiction, the story intertwines two threads, the factual one focusing on the Russian artist Zoia Korvin-Krukovsky and the fictional one

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Top 10 burtybookworm’s Books

I am a bookworm. It’s a name I’ve had (amongst many!!) since school as I forever had my nose stuck in a book. I haven’t changed much since then, although I don’t read as much as I used to. I do love the power of words and the escapism that it provides and I’m forever asking people/reading reviews and generally seeking out the next book which will take me away from my little life for five minutes or so.

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V for Vendetta

‘A frightening and powerful story of loss of freedom and identity in a totalitarian world. V for Vendetta is the chronicle of a world of despair and oppressive tyranny. A work of sterling clarity and intelligence, V For Vendetta is everything comics weren’t supposed to be. England Prevails…’

V for Vendetta is a 286 page graphic novel by Alan Moore collected from the original series of strips he produced with illustrator David Lloyd.

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The Gruffalo’s Child

‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ is another delightful children’s picture book by the fantastic team of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Although it can be read as a standalone story, I think your child will get more enjoyment out of it if they have read ‘The Gruffalo‘ first. If you don’t know the story of ‘The Gruffalo’ it is basically about a small mouse who meets a number of creatures in the forest who all want to eat him!

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The Time Traveler’s Wife

“The Time Traveler’s Wife” is the story of Henry, a librarian, and Clare, an artist. They have known each other since Clare was 6 and Henry was 30, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry was 30. At this time Henry had known Clare for two years, but Clare has known Henry for most of her life.
Confused yet? This scenario sounds impossible, but has come about because Henry is the first person in the World to be diagnosed with a genetic condition called Chrono-Displacement Disorder.

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The Ex-wives by Deborah Moggach

The Ex-Wives by Deborah Moggach is one of the author’s many contemporary novels.  However, she is most well known for an historical novel called Tulip Fever, set in 17th century Amsterdam.

The Ex-Wives opens with the central character of Buffy (Russell Buffery), an actor, feeling old and sorry for himself. He has ex-wives, as well as other partners he hasn’t married, children and step-children and now has to quite literally pay for his past “mistakes”.

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Survivor  by Chuck Palahniuk

This is a fascinating book. It is very different from the type of fiction I would usually choose – straightforward and to the point, but that made it refreshing, and I will most certainly be looking out for other books by the same author. I would recommend that people go into it with an open mind and see where it takes them – I have my opinion of what it all means, but it is up to the individual to make up their own minds. It probably won’t sound like most people’s idea of a good read, but it actually is surprisingly readable.

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