CR: The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

There are a number of authors who I’ve been banging (clattering noisily with a saucepan and wooden spoon and SCREAMING) on about recently – Robert Macfarlane, Edward Thomas, and especially Carlos Ruiz Zafon, who is apparently the gift that doesn’t stop giving. I’m genuinely planning to go round Barcelona, copy of The Shadow of the Wind in hand, for… Read More CR: The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Zafon proves, once-a-bloody-gain, that most books with ghosts and blood and mysterious figures with mysterious requests are winning books. I thought that nothing could beat The Shadow of the Wind, the first book in his ‘Cemetery of Forgotten Books’ series. That too had Gothic architecture and freakish deaths and writers and bookshops and unconditional love, but this, this, its ‘prequel’,… Read More The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

CR: The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks

Look! Another thing I’m doing which isn’t my university degree! I could make an interesting point about rural life and the links between Middlemarch and The Shepherd’s Life, but I’ve been reading Middlemarch for the past six hours and I would much prefer to bang on about Rebanks’s book instead. Although I’m less than a quarter of the way in,… Read More CR: The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks