Posted by Yvonne Barlow.
I finally saw the documentary Marianne and Leonard: Words of
Love. I have to say I was left a little cold, by the end I liked neither
Cohen nor Marianne. He was easy to dislike, taking her for granted while
sniffing after every adoring female fan. But Marianne gave herself to him with
so few conditions, even putting her son in a British boarding school so she could
travel with Cohen. OK, maybe I’m not a romantic, but love of your child should
surely come before love of a philanderer who has...
Last week I wrote that fiction can reach behind fact and put clothes on a true story.This week a reader wrote to me of the connection she felt with one of our crime novels, and her experience echoed readers of another of our crime novels. I thought our crime novels were simply about crime. They
tell stories of bad things done and the detectives try to solve those bad
things. Hear Me by Julia North involves a murder. Who Killed
Anne-Marie? is not such so straight forward. However, the interest...
you are a fan of Leonard Cohen or not, you have likely heard of the new film, Marianne
and Leonard: Words of Love. The documentary on the romance between Cohen and
Marianne Ihlen has been well received. At Hookline, we have our own take on the
story with the novel The Water and the Wine by Tamar Hodes. Tamar lived
on Hydra as a child, and Cohen and Marianne were her neighbours. While Nick
Broomfield’s film is a documentary, Tamar’s story is fictional. You
might think factual gives...
I am new to audio books. I started with Stephen Fry and his Mythos
and found that listening rather than reading allows my imagination to go further –
a bit like being told a story as a child, I can see the Gods and monsters
rather than being distracted by grey text. When I finished listening to Mythos,
I stayed in Greece and downloaded My Family and Other Creatures by
Gerald Durrell, and I have to say it made me laugh out loud. However, not all
stories transfer well to audio. A crime novel ...
It’s easy to feel little when you are a small publisher – going
to book fairs and looking at your panel of twenty novels lost in the vast space
dominated by the Penguin, Random, Harper Collins, MacMillan, Simon & Schuster
and Hachette and all their glossy titles. Thankfully I belong to the Independent
Publisher Conference (IPG), a guild of small, innovative, hard-working publishers
who are filled with enthusiastic zeal and wholeheartedly believe that their
books have merit with consumers....
I read Overstory by Richard Powers for a book group. Many
friends tell me they gave up on it as the 640-page tale of environmentalists
lured to crime stretched too far. I have to say that while I grew weary at
moments, I cared enough to keep going. But then I often like long novels – Tolstoy’s
War and Peace, I have read twice; same with Anna Karenina and A Little Life by
Hanya Yanagihara. However, I am also a woman who gives up on a book after 100
pages. I believe it’s my life, my time ...