Newsletter No 31 (July 10th, 2012)


Curious Book Fans love curious book titles and the strangest we’ve reviewed recently is probably The Taliban Cricket Club by Timeri N. Murari. We were so fired up with questions that we tracked down the author for a Q&A and learned not only a lot more about Murari himself, but also about what he imagines happens to his characters when the book finishes. Pop over for a read of what this fascinating man has to say then shimmy off to the Forum for a chance to win a copy of the book.

Sincerely Yours, Curious Book Fans

The Taliban Cricket Club by Timeri N. Murari

Sometimes a book comes along that makes you think it’s going to cause quite a stir and could well be set to be one that everyone’s talking about in a few months time. That was my impression when I read The Taliban Cricket Club. It is ‘popular’ fiction rather than ‘literary’ fiction – if you are looking for the next ‘Kite Runner’ then look elsewhere because this isn’t it.

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Q&A with Timeri N. Murari

I wanted to show that under every tyranny, people did fight against the tyrants in many ways, some violently, others more cleverly. At the same time they have to lead ‘normal’ lives. We try to snatch joy and love under the most cruel circumstances in our need to survive and keep our sanity.

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Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Weighing in at a substantial 768 pages in my proof copy, this was a heavyweight read that impressed from beginning to end. In the previous book in the series, it was apparent in places that I was reading the debut novel of someone more used to writing non-fiction, but none of the hesitance or stilted phrasing was apparent in Shadow of Night

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In The Hot Unconscious by Charles Foster

…Foster settles down to his bizarre Indian journey. His purpose is to collect and study leeches but the nuts and bolts of Indian bureaucracy gets in his way. Stuck in a Raj flavoured lodge in North India he providentially falls ill and strikes up a deal with the domestics who will enable him to wend his leech seeking way without letting word get out.

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The Light of Amsterdam by David Park

David Park is a well established author of literary fiction from the North of Ireland, who deserves to be better known than he currently is at present. The Light of Amsterdam is his 8th novel, published by Bloomsbury to generally good reviews. It starts and finishes in Belfast, but the bulk of the events occur over a weekend in Amsterdam.

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Tamasha In Bandargaon by Navneet Jagannathan

The suburb, like all Mumbai suburbs is centred around certain vital elements, Sunrise Apartments, the housing complex, the slum from where the domestic help for the complex comes from, vice in the shape of a gambling den and the tea stall where all the local gossip is available.

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When Hoopoes Go to Heaven by Gaile Parkin

Through the eyes of a young boy, his new home in Swaziland is a wonderful place. The garden is teeming with fascinating beasts and beautiful plants and 10-year old Benedict is mesmerized by the creatures on his door step. The young naturalist is almost able to forget that his place in the family has changed and he’s rather lonely.

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No Child of Mine by Susan Lewis

No Child of Mineis the latest novel from Susan Lewis, and in my opinion, it is her best so far. It’s compulsive, addictive reading and is a book that is virtually impossible to put down. It is traumatic, at times as it explores the harrowing field of social work that deals with child abuse and neglect.[read more…]

A Clash of Kings: Book 2 of a Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin

A Clash of Kings is the second novel of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic, A Song of Ice and Fire. The story picks up where the first novel left off, with the Stark family of Winterfell scattered throughout the Seven Kingdoms, all of them in danger and fighting their own war.

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Rival Passions by Zoe Miller

Rival Passions has all the ingredients for an absorbing family saga-style tale. Secrets, past and present, family problems, a luxurious setting and lifestyle. Yet it doesn’t instantly suck you in as other authors in this style do, Penny Vincenzi and Douglas Kennedy being examples who spring to mind.

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The Charm Bracelet by Melissa Hill

If you own a charm bracelet, every individual charm is meant to tell a story. That is the premise behind Melissa Hill’s latest wonderful novel, The Charm Bracelet. Births, marriages, graduation, moving home, a new job – all of these can be remembered and treasured by a small and well thought out charm.

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Stranded by Emily Barr

It must be many people’s dream to be stranded on a desert island but what would it be like if it became reality? It would not take long for the dream to turn into a nightmare especially if you had to share the island with six strangers and very few provisions. This is what happens in Stranded, Emily Barr’s latest novel, which is a fabulous read from start to finish.

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