Welcome to the fifth video discussion from the Universal Heart Book Club.
This month is our first effort without our beloved cameraman, who is away on sabbatical. We hope you indulge us as we experiment in this new technical area all on our own. As it's the holiday season, we thought we'd change the format somwhat and bring you six titles that we think would make perfect gifts, or perfect reads to take away with you - whether it's on holiday or simply to the reading corners of your own home.
First up, Walter discusses Belinda Castles' wonderfully rich novel Hannah & Emil, followed by Sharon Snir's exquisitely inspirational The Little Book of Everyday Miracles, finishing up with Stephanie Dowrick's own children's book The Moon Shines Out of the Dark.
Stephanie tells us about Mark S. Burrows' exceptional new translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's Prayers of a Young Poet, reviewed below, a fascinating novel by Indian-Australian writer Bem Le Hunte, set partly among the Jewish communities of India, called There, Where the Pepper Grows, and Barbara Kingsolver's much-awaited new novel Flight Behaviour - Stephanie's "Book of the Year" (see her review below).
You will also find our written reviews of some of these books below, as well as a range of other very fine articles. As you read the books we feature, please freely share your views in our comments sections. Those conversations are essential to this being the "book club" we envision.You can buy any book through our bookstore links above right. Oh, and a very happy Christmas!!