MacLehose Press Publicity 12/7/11

Yet again, Ireland comes up trumps as the prominent Dublin based broadcaster journalist, Sinéad Gleeson, shares the joys of discovering a new imprint and reviews 3 MacLehose Press titles in her book round-up on Arena RTE Radio 1 – Ireland’s biggest arts show. The books she discusses are:

Cees Nooteboom’s The Foxes Come at Night:

” … understated, very much about mood and tone and I loved it.”

Philippe Claudel’s Monsieur Linh and his Child:

“A wonderful quiet, gentle book”

and Roy Jacobsen’s Child Wonder:

“Very, very touching. I think he’s a wonderful writer.”

As well as the review on RTE Radio 1, The Foxes Come At Night has also been picked up by The Independent:

“Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom’s short novels are exquisite toys for the broken-hearted, erudite tales that revolve around themes of loss and despair but are never less than playful. Its eight stories are all concerned with death, and the way that memory tries to grapple with the absence it brings … but then that is the paradox at the heart of Nooteboom’s writing: that there is comfort to be found in loss. As with singing the blues, the articulation of pain brings its own degree of relief.”

And on the internet super highway the Bookgroup Info web-site have posted up their interview with Norwegian author, Roy Jacobsen, for their Book of the Month choice, Child Wonder. Roy did this interview from the middle of his a summer hideaway on an island in the Arctic Circle. Here’s a small sample of the kind of answers Roy has given to the six questions asked:

“Oslo in the beginning of the sixties was like Dolly Parton before she started to sing, before success, before money, fan clubs, expensive cheap looking clothes and plastic surgery. Now we have all that and are reading – every day – in the newspapers that we are the luckiest nation on earth.”

And we return to Ireland where Eileen Battersby has reviewed the paperback of Alberto Barrera Tyszka’s novel, The Sickness, in the Irish Times:

“Venezuelan poet and writer Tyszka follows each of his characters through their respective dilemmas in this insistent, eloquent masterwork that articulates the humour, the horror and the vulnerability of desperate situations.”

We have also just recieved the excellent news that The Sickness has been chosen for BBC Radio 4’s A Good Read programme this Autumn. Broadcast dates have not been provided yet but we shall keep you fully informed as and when dates come in…

And translator, André Naffis-Sahely, has reviewed Elias Khoury’s latest novel in translation, As Though She Were Sleeping for the TLS:

“[Humphrey Davies] provides a translation that capably captures the tonal registers in the Arabic original, if not the dialect – a task which I suspect is almost impossible.”


The Vintage and the Gleaning gets its first glowing review on the Bookmunch web-site. They loved the book so much that they are also running a competition to get even more people reading it:

“… superb writing, a brilliant setting, and a tone of awful melancholia that’ll have you weeping into your hardbacks. Chambers’ huge strength is his descriptive power … blunt and simple language … it builds into a crescendo of awful and beautiful detail. Chambers’ dialogue is the best I’ve read in a very long time.”


The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland has reviewed both The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott and Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Åsa Larsson

“This stunning debut novel beautifully observes Henry Cage as he retires early from the successful business he built, face up to the breakdown of his marriage and unexpected but tragic reconciliation with his wife and son. The description of the charmed (but soon to be shattered) London life contrasted with Norfolk is delightful.”


“With the eclipse of Stieg Larsson and Wallander, the Nordic detective genre has enabled new openings. District Prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson is unknown to UK readers but deserves to become well known. This complex, compelling and satisfying story of hidden truths and fear of disclosure and the consequences are set against the background of north Sweden.”

Tribune magazine has also picked up on this stupendously good Swedish crime series by Åsa Larsson:

Until Thy Wrath Be Past is pacey and eminently readable and Åsa Larsson deserves credit for the creation of two feisty female leads and the subtlety of their interplay.”


And finally, Beauty and the Inferno has been reviewed in the super trendy Scottish magazine, The Skinny, which gives it four stars:

“This is a well written collection, and in a lot of ways a hopeful one. The attention

Saviano has brought to his countr’s problems has some upside, after all, and it’s moments of hope like this that really make the collection.”

Beauty and the Inferno has taken Matthew Craig out of his reading comfort zone on his blog Readerdad:

“His writing is urgent and angry – at the criminal organisations that rule his small corner of the world with an iron fist, and also at the people of Italy for their apathy which, he believes, is one of the key reasons the country is in its current state. Saviano has a distinctive style, never more apparent than when he is talking about the Mafia. Most of the essays feel like very good thriller writing, in that they leave the reader breathless and wishing for more. Saviano is old beyond his years; reading Beauty and the Inferno it is sometimes easy to forget that this is a man barely into his thirties. Beauty and the Inferno is a tough read, but an important book that deserves an audience; Saviano has sacrificed too much for this book not to be read. It’s a good thing for him, and for the English-speaking world, that publishers like MacLehose Press exist and thrive, and bring such important literature to a wider audience.”



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