A new month begins, so here’s a look back at what appeared on this blog during the last one.
Book of the Month
I should read non-fiction more often, and I’d love it to all be as good as The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot’s wide-ranging account of how one woman’s cancer cells became, unbeknownst to her family, a key tool in modern medical science. It was the best book I read in February.
- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
- Two titles from Penguin Mini Modern Classics, by Saki and Frank O’Connor
- Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
- The Meeting Point by Lucy Caldwell
- Portrait of the Mother as a Y0ung Woman by Friedrich Christian Delius
- Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer
- The Ice Monkey by M. John Harrison
- Earthdoom! by David Langford and John Grant
- Next World Novella by Matthias Politycki
- Krabat by Otfried Preussler
… and my blogging of Volume I of The Oxford Library of Classic English Short Stories continued.
- My list of notable books for February.
- The Firetstation Book Swap goes to the London Review Bookshop.
- The importance of libraries.
- Bookish television: Faulks on Fiction and Birth of the British Novel.
- Behind the scenes at The TV Book Club.
- Clarke Award submissions and shortlist prediction.
- Diversity and the Culture Show’s twelve new novelists.