The Wall by John Lanchester

John Lanchester's The Wall was announced as one of the Booker Dozen (thirteen novels on the longlist) in July 2019. It's not the only dystopian novel on the list with the hotly awaited follow up to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale making the longlist months before its publication. While Atwood's Handmaid novels deal with the … Continue reading The Wall by John Lanchester

The Crimean Nexus: Constantine Pleshakov

The Crimean Nexus: Putin's war and the clash of civilizations by Constantine Pleshakov was published in 2017 by Yale publishing. Pleshakov is a former policy analyst who now teaches at the Five-College Consortium in Massachusetts. He was born in Yalta and is now a permanent resident of the United States. Pleshakov provides a clear background … Continue reading The Crimean Nexus: Constantine Pleshakov

Familiar Things by Hwang Sok-Yong

When my husband gave me the birthday gift of 'A Year of Books' from Foyles' I chose the translated fiction category for a variety of reasons. I love reading and travelling and having lived in several countries now, and I felt that this could continue to open my reading horizons. I'm currently living in a … Continue reading Familiar Things by Hwang Sok-Yong

Politics and Activism: not a how-to but a must-read.

Deray McKesson On the Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope  (2018) Viking Press: New York. (220 pages) Deray McKesson is one of the key players in the protests in Ferguson that broke out the day after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in August 2014. McKesson would not call himself a leader of this … Continue reading Politics and Activism: not a how-to but a must-read.