The excellent news for today is that not only will Cees Nooteboom be in conversation with A. S. Byatt on the 17th June at the British Library as part of the LRB World Literature Festival.
but ALSO, 3 stories from The Foxes Come at Night will be read in the BBC Radio Readings Radio 4 Afternoon Reading slot which will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Tuesday 19th July, Wednesday 20th July and Thursday 21st July.
Cees should also be featured in this week’s issue of the New Statesman in the books Q&A section and Time Out are interviewing him tomorrow morning as part of a larger feature on the festival. Cees will also be interviewed on The Strand which is broadcast on BBC World Service around the 16th June.
And in case you’ve not heard the latest news on The Road author, Vasily Grossman, his epic novel, Life and Fate is set to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as part of an eight-hour dramatisation from the 18 – 24th September, starring Kenneth Branagh and will be preceded by a series of free public events to discuss the novel including a special recording of Start The Week at St Peter’s College, Oxford University, on 9 September http://www.bbc.co.uk/
On to warmer climes with a review of the paperback of No-one Loves a Policeman in the Sunday Business Post in Ireland:
“[A] frantic and wryly comic novel … It’s a potent mix that initially appears overly complicated, yet Orsi’s dry writing style – ably translated by Nick Caistor – saves the day for his love-lorn protagonist as well as his audience.” Julian Fleming
The Last Brother is awarded 5 stars as both an excellent personal read as well as a group read by reader, Anne Williams in the May/June edition of New Books Magazine:
“This little gem is just 200 pages long, from a Mauritian novelist, superbly translated by Geoffrey Strachan. It’s an incredibly moving story … a relatively short adventure the two boys have, but it’s told in an achingly beautiful way … Some of the images will stay with me a long time. Tender and lovely, I’d really recommend this one most highly.”