Bitter seeds

Fatelessness by

On the 31st March 2016 Imre Kertész died. I hadn’t heard of him before I saw the post on Metafilter marking his passing, but in the...

The Night Watch by

Starting in 1947 The Night Watch tells the story, in reverse chronology, of various people in and around London during the Blitz. Their stories progress by...

The Grinnell Method by

Published – Strange Horizons, Sept 2012. Available to read online here. In 1943 ornithologist Barbara Kenney comes to observe the plovers. It is her third visit...

The Book Thief by

At the end of the nineteen thirties in Germany a little girl travelled with her mother and brother on the train. The children were being sent...

Rose Under Fire by

It is 1944 and American pilot Rose Justice is working in England, she has joined the ATA and is hard at work transporting planes for the...

A town like Alice by

In post World War II England Jean Paget is tracked down by a solicitor. She is the only surviving member of a client of his, and...

The dollmaker by

The world is at war, and the army is stealing away the men, and those that are left are being hauled off to work in the factories in order to assist the war effort. In rural Kentucky Gertie is lucky enough to still have her husband around, he drives the coal truck, but knows that this situation cannot last. He has his date with the army already lined up. But she is preparing as best she can. She has been saving her money and almost has enough to offer on a nearby farm. Without having to pay half what they earn on rent Gertie and her family will be able to plan for the future. But on the eve of her plans coming to fruition all is ruined and she must uproot her family and follow her husband to the city of Detroit.

The Little Stranger by

Read for this year’s RIP event. Part of The Estella Society’s readalong, although a much delayed addition. The story opens with a happy scene at Hundreds...

Bitter seeds by

Book one in the Milkweed Triptych In a remote part of Germany a doctor has been hard at work, he has had plenty of test subjects,...