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A-Z Index of Book Reviews (listed by author)

Books Reviewed:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Pitch Dark by Renata Adler

Speedboat by Renata Adler

Ghosts by César Aira (tr. by Chris Andrews)

Epitaph for a Spy by Eric Ambler

Topkapi – The Light of Day by Eric Ambler

You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan Ames

The Corpse Washer by Sinan Antoon (tr. by the author)

Eve’s Hollywood by Eve Babitz 

An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge

The Incident Report by Martha Baillie

Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker

Young Man with a Horn by Dorothy Baker 

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

They Were Counted by Miklós Bánffy (tr. by Patrick Thursfield and Katalin Bánffy-Jelen) + an additional post on the politics

Stay Up With Me by Tom Barbash

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani (tr. by William Weaver)

Grand Hotel by Vicki Baum (tr. by Basil Creighton)

The House of Ulloa by Emilia Pardo Bazán (tr. by Paul O’Prey & Lucia Graves)

Rendezvous in Venice by Philippe Beaussant (tr. by Paul Buck and Catherine Petit)

A Legacy by Sybille Bedford

A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin 

The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares (tr. by Ruth L.C. Simms)

Where There’s Love, There’s Hate by Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo (tr. by Suzanne Jill Levine and Jessica Ernst Powell)

The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim (tr. by Jonathan Wright)

Drowned by Therese Bohman (tr. by Marlaine Delargy)

Vertigo by Boileau-Narcejac (tr. by Geoffrey Sainsbury)

La Femme de Gilles by Madeleine Bourdouxhe (tr. by Faith Evans)

Marie by Madeleine Bourdouxhe (tr. by Faith Evans)

The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen

The Hotel by Elizabeth Bowen

A Start in Life by Anita Brookner

Providence by Anita Brookner

The King of a Rainy Country by Brigid Brophy

Death in the Tunnel by Miles Burton

Liveforever by Andrés Caicedo (tr. by Frank Wynne)

Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

The Complete Stories by Truman Capote

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

The High Window by Raymond Chandler

The Long Good-bye by Raymond Chandler

Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze

In the Twilight by Anton Chekhov (tr. by Hugh Aplin)

Parfums by Philippe Claudel (tr. by Euan Cameron)

What a Carve Up! / The Winshaw Legacy by Jonathan Coe

The Shooting Party by Isabel Colegate

Chéri by Colette (tr. by Roger Senhouse)

Our Spoons Came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns

Zenith Hotel by Oscar Coop-Phane (tr. by Ros Schwartz)

Academy Street by Mary Costello

Bird in a Cage by Frédéric Dard (tr. by David Bellos)

The Executioner Weeps by Frédéric Dard (tr. by David Coward)

Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine de Vigan (tr. by George Miller)

Les Belles Amours by Louise de Vilmorin (tr. by Francis Wyndham)

Madame de ___ by Louise de Vilmorin (tr. by Duff Cooper)

The Professor and the Siren by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (tr. by Stephen Twilley)

Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion

Run River by Joan Didion

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

The White Album by Joan Didion 

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion 

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

The Inspector Barlach Mysteries by Friedrich Dürrenmatt (tr. by Joel Agee)

The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (tr. by Susan Bernofsky)

The Waitress Was New by Dominique Fabre (tr. by Jordan Stump)

Nagasaki by Éric Faye (tr. by Emily Boyce)

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (tr. by Ann Goldstein)

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante (tr. by Ann Goldstein)

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante (tr. by Ann Goldstein)

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante (tr. by Ann Goldstein)

Human Voices by Penelope Fitzgerald

Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald 

The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald

The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

The Golden Child by Penelope Fitzgerald

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Desperate Characters by Paula Fox

The Widow’s Children by Paula Fox

Things Look Different in the Light by Medardo Fraile (tr. by Margaret Jull Costa)

Back to Back by Julia Franck (tr. by Anthea Bell)

Tristana by Benito Pérez Galdós (tr. by Margaret Jull Costa)

Football in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano (tr. by Mark Fried)

Moon in a Dead Eye by Pascal Garnier (tr. by Emily Boyce)

The Front Seat Passenger by Pascal Garnier (tr. by Jane Aitken)

An Evening with Claire by Gaito Gazdanov (tr. by Jodi Daynard)

All the Days and Nights by Niven Govinden

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Schlump by Hans Herbert Grimm (tr. by Jamie Bulloch)

Under the Tripoli Sky by Kamal Ben Hameda (tr. by Adriana Hunter)

Craven House by Patrick Hamilton

Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton

The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton

Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick

The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley

The Hireling by L. P. Hartley 

Benediction by Kent Haruf

Affections by Rodrigo Hasbún (tr. by Sophie Hughes)

In Love by Alfred Hayes

The Girl on the Via Flaminia by Alfred Hayes

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

This Should be Written in the Present Tense by Helle Helle (tr. by Martin Aitken)

Vain Shadow by Jane Hervey

Carol / The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith

The Cry of the Owl by Patricia Highsmith

The Very Dead of Winter by Mary Hocking 

Anderby Wold by Winifred Holtby

The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby 

Maybe This Time by Alois Hotschnig (tr. by Tess Lewis)

The Long View by Elizabeth Jane Howard

In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes

Ride the Pink Horse by Dorothy B. Hughes

The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes

Bullfight by Yasushi Inoue (tr. by Michael Emmerich)

The Hunting Gun by Yasushi Inoue (tr. by Michael Emmerich)

Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood

Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood 

The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov (tr. by Andrew Bromfield)

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson 

Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata (tr. by Howard S. Hibbert)

The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabta (tr. by Edward G. Seidensticker)

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami (tr. by Allison Markin Powell)

After Midnight by Irmgard Keun (tr. Anthea Bell)

The Artificial Silk Girl by Irmgard Keun (tr. by Kathie von Ankum)

A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard (tr. by Don Bartlett)

A Man in Love (My Struggle: Book 2) by Karl Ove Knausgaard (tr. by Don Bartlett)

Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything by Daniela Krien (tr. by Jamie Bulloch)

The Adventures of Sindbad by Gyula Krúdy (tr. by George Szirtes)

Nada by Carmen Laforet (tr. by Edith Grossman)

A Girl in Winter by Philip Larkin

Jill by Philip Larkin

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre

Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard

Mona Lisa by Alexander Lernet-Holenia (tr. by Ignat Avsey)

Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector (tr. by Alison Entrekin)

Ten by Andrej Longo (tr. by Howard Curtis)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos

Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli (tr. by Christina MacSweeney)

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

The Drowning Pool (Lew Archer book 2) by Ross Macdonald

The Way Some People Die (Lew Archer book 3) by Ross Macdonald

The Ivory Grin (Lew Archer book 4) by Ross Macdonald 

Find a Victim (Lew Archer book 5) by Ross Macdonald 

Of Love and Hunger by Julian Maclaren-Ross

Brief Loves That Live Forever by Andreï Makine (tr. by Geoffrey Strachan)

Game for Five by Marco Malvaldi (tr. by Howard Curtis)

The Art of Killing Well by Marco Malvaldi (tr. by Howard Curtis)

School for Love by Olivia Manning 

The Doves of Venus by Olivia Manning

Escape by Dominique Manotti (tr. by Amanda Hopkinson and Ros Schwartz)

A Heart So White by Javier Marías (tr. by Margaret Jull Costa)

All Souls by Javier Marías (tr. by Margaret Jull Costa)

The Infatuations by Javier Marías (tr. by Margaret Jull Costa)

The Man of Feeling by Javier Marías (tr. by Margaret Jull Costa)

Clock Without Hands by Carson McCullers

Tea at Four O’Clock by Janet McNeill 

Testing the Current by William McPherson

A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli (tr. by Sam Taylor)

The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

Villa Triste by Patrick Modiano (tr. by John Cullen)

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore

Agostino by Alberto Moravia (tr. by Michael F. Moore)

Divertimento 1889 by Guido Morselli (tr. by Hugh Shankland)

The Things We Don’t Do by Andrés Neuman (tr. by N Caistor & L Garcia)

A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O’Brien

Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara

Thus Were Their Faces by Silvina Ocampo (tr. by Daniel Balderston)

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa (tr. by Stephen Snyder)

Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir (tr. by Brian FitzGibbon)

White Hunger by Aki Ollikainen (tr. by Emily & Fleur Jeremiah)

The Blue Room by Hanne Ørstavik (tr. by Deborah Dawkin)

After Claude by Iris Owens 

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Good Evening, Mrs Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes 

One Fine Day by Mollie-Panter-Downes

The Beautiful Summer by Cesare Pavese (tr. by W.J. Strachan)

Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman

Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym

No Fond Return of Love by Barbara Pym 

Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (tr. by Brian Murdoch)

Severina by Rodrigo Rey Rosa (tr. by Chris Andrews)

After Leaving Mr Mackenzie by Jean Rhys

The Left Bank and Other Stories by Jean Rhys

Tigers Are Better-Looking by Jean Rhys

Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rhys

The Tunnel by Ernesto Sábato (tr. by Margaret Sayers Peden)

The Secret in Their Eyes by Eduardo Sacheri (tr. by John Cullen)

All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West

A Certain Smile by Françoise Sagan  (tr. by Irene Ash)

Aimez-vous Brahms… by Françoise Sagan (tr. by Peter Wiles)

Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan (tr. by Heather Lloyd) + additional thoughts on the translation

Improper Stories by Saki

A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter 

Last Night by James Salter

Equal Danger by Leonardo Sciascia (tr. by Adrienne Foulke)

The Wine-Dark Sea by Leonardo Sciascia (tr. by Avril Bardoni)

Vienna Tales (short story anthology) – Schnitzler, Stifter, Roth, and more (tr. by Deborah Holmes)

Transit by Anna Seghers (tr. by Margo Bettauer Dembo)

Red Lights by Georges Simenon (tr. by Norman Denny)

The Widow by Georges Simenon (tr. by John Petrie)

Three Bedrooms in Manhattan by Georges Simenon (tr. by Marc Romano and Lawrence G Blochman

How to be both by Ali Smith

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

The Gate by Natsume Söseki (tr. by William F. Sibley)

Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark

Memento Mori by Muriel Spark

The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark

The Sorrow of Angels by Jón Kalman Stefánsson (tr. by Philip Roughton)

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Love in a Bottle by Antal Szerb (tr. by Len Rix)

A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor 

At Mrs Lippincote’s by Elizabeth Taylor 

A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor

Hester Lilly by Elizabeth Taylor

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor

The Blush by Elizabeth Taylor

The Soul of Kindness by Elizabeth Taylor

Rasputin and Other Ironies by Teffi (tr. by Robert & Elizabeth Chandler, Rose France and Anne Marie Jackson)

Subtly Worded by Teffi (tr. by Anne Marie Jackson)

High Rising by Angela Thirkell

The Grifters by Jim Thompson 

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín (1) – Nora

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín (2) – life in a small town in Ireland

Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

The Boarding-House by William Trevor

Christmas at Thompson Hall & Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope 

The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke (tr. by Jamie Bulloch)

Spring Night by Tarjei Vesaas (tr. by Elizabeth Rokkan)

Bartleby & Co. by Enrique Vila-Matas (tr. by Jonathan Dunne)

Never Any End to Paris by Enrique Vila-Matas (tr. by Anne McLean)

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

My First Wife by Jakob Wassermann (tr. by Michael Hofmann)

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West

Summer by Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple

Butcher’s Crossing by John Williams

Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

A Good School by Richard Yates

A Special Providence by Richard Yates

Disturbing the Peace by Richard Yates

Eleven Kinds of Loneliness by Richard Yates

Liars in Love by Richard Yates

The Easter Parade by Richard Yates 

Miss Mole by E. H. Young

The Burning of the World by Béla Zombory-Moldován (tr. by Peter Zombory-Moldován)

Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig (tr. by Anthea Bell)

Burning Secret by Stefan Zweig (tr. by Anthea Bell)