Buchtipps - English Books

A story of two orphaned boys, who find each other and grow up as soldiers in the middle of the brutal violence of the Indian Wars and the Civil War in the 19th century North America. Barry tells this story, which is at the same time beautiful and gruesome, in exceptional language, creating a very vivid atmosphere. It’s a novel about friendship and...
It’s always interesting to read a biography of an important historical figure by a non-native scholar, particularly when it’s as masterly as this. Well-researched and written, its most distinguishing aspect is Blanning’s treatment of the influence of and evidence for Frederick’s homosexuality, which has usually been ignored or glossed over.
Whoever can read le Carré’s fascinating reminiscences in the original should definitely do so. His prose is exquisite and vivid. He writes of famous people he has met, the political backgrounds and cinematic “makings” of his bestsellers. Most moving and humorous of all are the incidents concerning his upper-class criminal charmeur of a father,...
A beautiful and witty novel on the subjective experience of time. Set in post-Brexit England, the narrative revolves around the unusual friendship between the young girl Elisabeth and her elderly neighbor Mr. Gluck. Smith’s playful and moving prose makes for an interesting and entertaining read.
1937 in Leningrad; a man is standing with his suitcase by the elevator in the middle of the night, waiting to be taken away. Barnes’ novel is a fictionalized account of the tragic life of soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich under Stalin. It’s about art under an oppressive system, about power and human compromise. Intriguing and well-written as...
Williams' perhaps most ambitious fourth novel, published in 1972, deals with the life and times of Roman emperor Augustus Caesar. Ingeniously choosing the form of an epistolary novel, Williams brings the emperor to life through the eyes and voices of the people around him in such an engaging way, that it makes reading this biographical novel a...
Smith's brilliant new novel tells the story of two girls, growing up as best friends in North West London, bonded by their dream of becoming dancers. She recounts their diverging life stories after their alienation as young adults, spanning from London to West Africa, dealing with topics such as identity, roots, friendship and music in exceptional...