Five Picture Books That Surprise and Delight

As I was editing yesterday’s post on Feather, I started to think about picture books I have recently read that have held surprises, either in their format or artwork – or both. At its simplest, the surprise can be the way a book opens: Horizontally or vertically? A magnificent example is A Lion in Paris … Continue reading Five Picture Books That Surprise and Delight

World Back-to-School Books

In many parts of the world, the summer holidays are over. September marks the beginning of a new term and the first day of primary school for a whole intake of young children. It can be a daunting and exciting time for new pupils. And for their parents and caregivers too! Books can be a … Continue reading World Back-to-School Books

Translators Association – 60 Years of Classic Translations: The Leopard (1960)

In our series of 60 classic first translations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Translators Association, 1960 is represented by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s THE LEOPARD, translated from the Italian by Archibald Colquhoun. This great historical novel by the last prince of Lampedusa recounts the story of a Sicilian nobleman caught in the political … Continue reading Translators Association – 60 Years of Classic Translations: The Leopard (1960)

Translators Association – 60 Years of Classic Translations: If This is a Man (1959)

Next in the series of 60 classic first #translations celebrating 60 years of the Translators Association of The Society of Authors is IF THIS IS A MAN, Primo Levi's devastating account of his time in Auschwitz, first published in English in 1959 in a translation from the Italian by Stuart Woolf. Levi supervised the first … Continue reading Translators Association – 60 Years of Classic Translations: If This is a Man (1959)

USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Mister Doctor by

Nothing—not even the chance to live—makes Dr. Korczak abandon the children of the Warsaw Ghetto. November 1940. A circus parade walks through the streets of Warsaw, waving a flag and singing. They are 160 Jewish children, forced by the Nazis to leave their beloved orphanage. It’s a sad occasion, but led by Doctor Korczak, their … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Mister Doctor by

Excerpt: The Monk with No Past by Paolo Marrone

THE JOURNEY “Travel is a sort of door through which one exits reality into an unexplored world that seems like a dream.” - Guy de Maupassant I had dreamt of visiting New York for years. I have always loved travelling and on earlier trips across the Atlantic I’d visited a number of cities, such as … Continue reading Excerpt: The Monk with No Past by Paolo Marrone

Excerpt: The Lustful Youth of Rodrigo Borgia by Elena and Michela Martignoni

1474 I do not appear to be a man of God. My attire—hunting boots, a tunic and heavy belt—does not announce my position within the church and on horseback I resemble a warrior still in his prime. Neither does my face carry the saintly countenance of my uncle, Pope Callixtus III. Indeed, nothing about me … Continue reading Excerpt: The Lustful Youth of Rodrigo Borgia by Elena and Michela Martignoni

Self-Published Title Pick: Then She was Born by Christiano Gentili

Then She Was Born is more than a novel. It’s an international human rights campaign supported by eleven Nobel Peace Prize laureates, the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis. Based on an inconceivable reality for many in the world today, Then She Was Born combines the drama and redemption of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner with … Continue reading Self-Published Title Pick: Then She was Born by Christiano Gentili