Read and enjoy “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel, the first of her Tudor Trilogy

Cover of Wolf HallHilary Mantel’s first in her planned trilogy of Tudor historical novels, Wolf Hall, is a reading challenge and a literary masterpiece. The reader has to tune in to the use of the historic present tense and to become used to identifying ‘he’ as Thomas Cromwell; for a few short years the most powerful man in England after the king.  The effort will be repaid many times over. Read more ...

Booker Prize short-listed Ruth Ozeki tells “A Tale for the Time Being” and does so very well

OzekiTalefortheTimeBeingDesigners are taught that to bring two opposing colours closer together you need to add some of each colour into the other; which is just what Ruth Ozeki does in her fascinating, Booker short-listed novel A Tale for the Time Being.  A ‘novelist’ with an American father and Japanese mother finds a diary and notebook washed up on a lonely island in British Columbia and written by a Japanese girl who spent her early years living in California.  So the writer, called ‘Ruth’, can understand many of the Japanese aspects of the girl’s account of her troubled life and, fortunately for us, the girl, Naoko, writes in English.  A bond is established; not just between writer and diarist but between them both and the reader.  Read more ...