Our feature review is The Great Passion by James Runcie. You may already have read some of his crime fiction, The Grantchester Mysteries, which inspired the popular TV series featuring the clerical detective Sidney Chambers. The Great Passion is his latest work of historical fiction. Set in 18th century Germany in J.S Bach’s house it is a wonderful read that will lift your spirits.
Pittenweem Library reviews
Our feature review is about the subject closest to our hearts at Pittenweem Community Library and Information Centre – the library. The authors tell the rich and varied history of libraries around the world from national collections to modest but valued personal collections. The Times has listed it as one of the Best Literary Non-Fiction books of 2021 and recommends it as the perfect gift for a bibliophile.
An enjoyable long tale in the Amitav Ghosh shaggy dog style, of the life and pursuit by the law of a poor but expert weaver in India. Circumstances find him caught up in a radical bomb-maker’s exploit, causing him to be pursued across India, then by migrant boat and on to the Middle East with extraordinary adventures along the way.
Professor Bradley offers a truly fascinating and moving account of funeral processions, often conducted in silence and over many miles, when the coffin was never laid on the ground, borne by mourners who changed places reverently. To ensure the wellbeing of the soul, coffins were often carried over water and over winding paths used only to carry the dead to their final resting place.
I have always loved penguins. Over the years as a child, father, grandfather, watching the march of the penguins at Edinburgh Zoo has always been a highlight. I have even been privileged to see them in their natural habitat wobbling around at the end of the runway near Port Stanley on the Falklands one June (in their bleak mid-winter), even…
Cursed Bunny is a genre-defying collection of short stories by Korean author Bora Chung. Blurring the lines between magical realism, horror, and science-fiction, Chung uses elements of the fantastic and surreal to address the very real horrors and cruelties of patriarchy and capitalism in modern society.