An Interview with ANTONIN VARENNE

Name: ANTONIN VARENNE Author of: BED OF NAILS (2012)                       LOSER’S CORNER (2014)                       RETRIBUTION ROAD (2017) Antonin Varenne was awarded the Prix Michel Lebrun and the Grand Prix du Jury Sang d’encre for Bed of Nails, his first novel to be translated into English. His second, Loser’s Corner was awarded the Prix des Lecteurs […]

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RETRIBUTION ROAD by Antonin Varenne

RETRIBUTION ROAD Antonin Varenne Translated by Sam Taylor (samtaylorwriter.wixsite.com/sam-taylor-writer) MacLehose Press (www.maclehosepress.com) £18.99 Sergeant Arthur Bowman is a fifteen-year veteran of the East India Company’s private army when he and his team are taken prisoner in Burma in 1852. Six months of torture leave him mentally and physically scarred when he is released along with […]

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The 2015 Round-Up

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s time to take a step back and reflect on the year that has been. As is now “traditional”, I’ll be using this post to talk about my favourite books of the year, but first a quick blast through some of the non-bookish stuff that happened in the past […]

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THE GREAT SWINDLE by Pierre Lemaitre

THE GREAT SWINDLE Pierre Lemaitre (www.pierrelemaitre.com) Translated by Frank Wynne (www.terribleman.com) MacLehose Press (maclehosepress.com) £18.99 As the Great War approaches its end, Lieutenant Henri d’Aulnay-Pradelle decides to make one last bid for glory. Sending two scouts over the top, he shoots them in the back, and uses their deaths as the perfect excuse for one […]

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FALL OF MAN IN WILMSLOW by David Lagercrantz

FALL OF MAN IN WILMSLOW David Lagercrantz (www.davidlagercrantz.se) Translated by George Goulding MacLehose Press (maclehosepress.com) £18.99 On a wet morning in early June 1954, Detective Constable Leonard Corell finds himself investigating the death of a mathematician in the sleepy Cheshire town of Wilmslow. Preliminary investigation points towards suicide, the man having died after eating a […]

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CAMILLE by Pierre Lemaitre

CAMILLE Pierre Lemaitre (www.pierrelemaitre.com) Translated by Frank Wynne (www.terribleman.com) MacLehose Press (maclehosepress.com) £17.99 Anne Forestier is in the wrong place at the wrong time. When she stumbles upon the robbery of a Paris jeweller, she is beaten to within an inch of her life, and left for dead. Despite the lack of body, Camille Verhœven […]

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An Interview with KARIM MISKÉ

Name: KARIM MISKÉ Author of: ARAB JAZZ (2015) On the web: karimmiske.com On Twitter: @KarimMiske Karim Miské is a documentary-maker, restaurateur and television script-writer who lives and works in Paris. Arab Jazz is his first novel. Thank you, Karim, for taking the time to chat with us. The title of your novel is a riff […]

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ARAB JAZZ by Karim Miské

ARAB JAZZ Karim Miské (karimmiske.com) Translated by Sam Gordon (www.sglanguages.com) MacLehose Press (maclehosepress.com) £16.99 And so it is in the Valetta of Paris, 75019, that he feels the first drop on his upturned face, his half-closed eyes gazing up at the sky. The second comes crashing down onto the gleaming sleeve of his djellaba, a […]

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The 2014 Round-Up

As another year draws to a close, it’s time for my annual retrospective of what’s gone on at Reader Dad. There’s a lot to cover this year, so without further ado… THE ROUND-UP As the reading year closes, I have read 65 books this year, more than every year except last year, but I had […]

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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR by Joël Dicker

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR Joël Dicker (joeldicker.com) Translated by Sam Taylor Maclehose Press (maclehosepress.com) £20.00 Late in the summer of 1975, Nola Kellergan disappeared from the small seaside town of Somerset, New Hampshire. Almost thirty-three years later, her body is found buried on Harry Quebert’s land, along with the original manuscript of […]

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