Wonderfully translated from the original Spanish by Sophie Hughes, Iván Repila’s The Boy Who Stole Attila’s Horse is a quick but tough read. It is a story of suffering and betrayal, of fraternal love and sibling rivalry, and some reviewers also argue that it is a macroeconomic and political allegory, based on the insertion of epigraphs from Margaret Thatcher and Bertolt Brecht. The older brother is big. With his hands he digs up lumps of sand to form a step strong enough to h
I don’t often listen to audiobooks – mostly because I tend to doze off, and then I lose my place. Or I get distracted and stop listening for a moment, and lose my place. Well, some books are just meant to be heard rather than read, and The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is definitely one of them. Read by the author but featuring a few famous names as themselves and other people (including Roger McGuinn, Ingrid Michaelson, John Pizzarelli, and Paul Stanley), it’s a brilliant
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