Wednesday, April 01, 2015

April 2015 Highlights

Novels
1. The Dream Lover (Random House, 2015) / Elizabeth Berg
2. We That Are Left (Harvill Secker, 2015) / Clare Clark
3. Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian Romance (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015) / Patricia Duncker
4. The Wolf Border (Faber & Faber/Harper Press, 2015) / Sarah Hall
5. The Folded Clock: A Diary (Doubleday, 2015) / Heidi Julavits
6. The Lives of Women (Atlantic Books, 2015) / Christine Dwyer Hickey
7. Villa America (Picador, 2015) / Liza Klausmann
8. Dancing in the Dark: My Struggle: Book Four (trans. from the Norwegian by Donald Bartlett) (Archipelago, 2014) / Karl Ove Knausgaard
9. Pleasantville (Serpent’s Tail, 2015) / Attica Locke
10. Memphis Movie (Soft Skull Press, 2015) / Corey Mesler

11. Blood, Salt, Water (Orion, 2015) / Denise Mina
12. God Help the Child (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015) / Toni Morrison
13. The Children’s Crusade (Scribner, 2015) / Ann Packer
14. The Dead Lands (Grand Central Publishing, 2015) / Benjamin Percy
15. I Refuse (trans. from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett) (Graywolf Press, 2015) / Per Petterson
16. The Lost Child (Oneworld Publications, 2015) / Caryl Phillips
17. Sleeping On Jupiter (MacLehose Press, 2015) / Anuradha Roy
18. The Last Pier (Hesperus Nova/Hesperus Press, 2015) / Roma Tearne
19. The Discreet Hero (Faber & Faber, 2015) / Mario Vargas Llosa
20. A Decent Ride (Jonathan Cape, 2015) / Irvine Welsh

First Novels
1. Pond (Stinging Fly Press, 2015) / Claire-Louise Bennett
2. Her Name is Rose (St Martin’s Press, 2015) / Christine Breen
3. The Sweetheart Deal (Little, Brown, 2015) / Polly Dugan
4. Preparation for the Next Life (Oneworld Publications, 2015) / Atticus Lish
5. The Glorious Heresies (John Murray, 2015) / Lisa McInerney
6. Adeline: A Novel of Virginia Woolf (Virago/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015) / Norah Vincent

Stories
1. What You Need (Invisible Publishing, 2015) / Andrew Forbes
2. Voices in the Night (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015) / Steven Millhauser
3. The Boy Who Could See Death (Viking, 2015) / Sally Vickers
4. The Water Museum (Little, Brown, 2015) / Luis Alberto Urrea

Poetry
1. Deep Lane (W.W. Norton, 2015) / Mark Doty
2. Bone Song (Briery Creek Press, 2015) / Bunny Goodjohn
3. Collected Poems (Penguin, 2015) / Tony Harrison
4. Sentenced to Life (Picador, 2015) / Clive James

Nonfiction
1. After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction (New York Review Books, 2015) / Renata Adler
2. The Light of the World: A Memoir (Grand Central Publishing, 2015) / Elizabeth Alexander
3. The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and The Secret History of Wonderland (Harvill Secker, 2015) / Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
4. James Merrill: Life and Art (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015) / Langdon Hammer
5. Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (W.W. Norton, 2015) / Mary Norris
6. The Nearest Thing to Life (Jonathan Cape, 2015) / James Wood

Sunday, March 01, 2015

March 2015 Highlights

Novels
1. The Shut Eye (Bantam Press, 2015) / Belinda Bauer
2. The Sellout (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015) / Paul Beatty
3. The Harder They Come (Ecco/Harper, 2015) / T.C. Boyle
4. Before the Fire (Picador, 2015) / Sarah Butler
5. A Place Called Winter (Tinder Press, 2015) / Patrick Gale
6. At the Water’s Edge (Spiegel & Grau, 2015) / Sara Gruen
7. The Wolf Border (Faber & Faber, 2015) / Sarah Hall
8. The Buried Giant (Faber & Faber, 2015) / Kazuo Ishiguro
9. The Tusk That Did the Damage (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015) / Tania James
10. Dancing in the Dark: My Struggle: Book Four (trans. from the Norwegian by Donald Bartlett) (Harvill Secker, 2014) / Karl Ove Knausgaard

11. The Unloved (Bloomsbury Press, 2015) / Deborah Levy
12. The Faithful Couple (Little, Brown, 2015) / A.D. Miller
13. The Illuminations (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015) / Andrew O’Hagan
14. The Lost Child (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015) / Caryl Phillips
15. Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral (Ecco, 2015) / Mary Doria Russell
16. The Kindness (Bloomsbury Circus, 2015) / Polly Samson
17. A Time for Friends (Simon & Schuster, 2015) / Patricia Scanlan
18. The Architect’s Apprentice (Viking Adult, 2015) / Elif Shafak
19. Aquarium (Atlantic Monthly Press/William Heinemann, 2015) / David Vann
20. A Little Life (Doubleday, 2015) / Hanya Yanagihara

First Novels
1. The Boatmaker (Tin House Books, 2015) / John Benditt
2. The Well (Canongate Books, 2015) / Catherine Chanter
3. Hausfrau (Random House, 2015) / Jill Alexander Essbaum
4. Our Endless Numbered Days (Tin House/House of Anansi Press, 2015) / Claire Fuller
5. Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015) / James Grissom
6. The Girl in the Red Coat (Faber & Faber, 2015) / Kate Hamer
7. Signs Preceding the End of the World (trans. from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman) (And Other Stories, 2015) / Yuri Herrera
8. Where All Light Tends to Go (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015) / David Joy
9. Soil (Simon & Schuster, 2015) / Jamie Kornegay
10. The Poser (Viking, 2015) / Jacob Rubin

Stories
1. The Musical Brain and Other Stories (trans. From the Spanish by Chris Andrews) (New Directions, 2015) / César Aira
2. Young Skins (Black Cat/Grove Press, 2015) / Colin Barrett
3. Crow Fair (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015) / Thomas McGuane

Poetry
1. The Last Two Seconds (Graywolf Press, 2015) / Mary Jo Bang
2. The Days of Surprise (Harvill Secker, 2015) / Paul Durcan
3. The Opposite House (Louisiana State University Press, 2015) / Claudia Emerson
4. Snake Train: Poems 1984-2013 (Shearsman Books, 2015) / Edwin Frank
5. From the New World: Poems 1976-2014 (Ecco, 2015) / Jorie Graham
6. How to be Drawn (Penguin Books, 2015) / Terrance Hayes
7. The Invisible Gift: Selected Poems (Carcanet Press, 2015) / David Morley
8. Blood Work (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015) / Matthew Siegel
9. The Tijuana Door of the Dead (Soft Skull Press, 2015) / Luis Albert Urrea

Nonfiction
1. Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London (Verso Books, 2015) / Matthew Beaumont
2. There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction (Viking Adult, 2015) / Saul Bellow
3. Young Eliot: A Biography (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015) / Robert Crawford
4. Universal Man: The Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes (William Collins, 2015) / Richard Davenport-Hines
5. The Third Reich in History and Memory (Oxford University Press, 2015) / Richard J. Evans
6. Poetry Notebook: Reflections on the Intensity of Language (Liveright, 2015) / Clive James
7. H is for Hawk (Grove Press, 2015) / Helen Macdonald
8. Landmarks (Hamish Hamilton, 2015) / Robert Macfarlane
9. The Tears of the Rajas: Mutiny, Money and Marriage in India, 1805-1905 (Simon & Schuster, 2015) / Ferdinand Mount
10. The Best Travel Writing Volume 10: True Stories from Around the World (Travelers’ Tales, 2015) / James O’Reilly, Larry Habegger & Sean O’Reilly (eds.)

11. John Aubrey: My Own Life (Chatto & Windus, 2015) / Ruth Scurr
12. Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much (New Harvest, 2015) / Michael Wood

Sunday, February 01, 2015

February 2015 Highlights

Novels
1. After Birth (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015) / Elisa Albert
2. Widows and Orphans (Arcadia, 2015) / Michael Arditti
3. A History of Loneliness (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015) / John Boyne
4. Half a Lifelong Romance (trans. from the Chinese by Karen S. Kingsbury) (Vintage Books, 2015) / Eileen Chang
5. Odysseus Abroad (Oneworld Publications, 2015) / Amit Chaudhuri
6. The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty (W.W. Norton, 2015) / Amanda Filipacchi
7. The Exit (Faber & Faber, 2015) / Helen FitzGerald
8. I Regret Everything (Europa Editions, 2015) / Seth Greenland
9. The Nightingale (St Martin’s Press, 2015) / Kristin Hannah
10. Lies, First Person (trans. from the Hebrew by Dalya Bilu) (Open Letter, 2015) / Gail Hareven

11. Funny Girl (Riverhead, 2015) / Nick Hornby
12. Neverhome (Chatto & Windus, 2015) / Laird Hunt
13. The Laughing Monsters (Harvill Secker, 2015) / Denis Johnson
14. Welcome to Braggsville (William Morrow, 2015) / T. Geronimo Johnson
15. I Am Radar (Penguin Press, 2015) / Reif Larsen
16. The Half Brother (Doubleday, 2015) / Holly LeCraw
17. The Hunger of the Wolf (Simon & Schuster, 2015) / Stephen Marche
18. Tender (Picador, 2015) / Belinda McKeon
19. Dorothy Parker Drank Here (Putnam, 2015) / Ellen Meister
20. The Country of Ice Ceam Star (Ecco, 2015) / Sandra Newman

21. The Lovers of Amherst (Quercus, 2015) / William Nicholson
22. Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League (Maiden Lane Press, 2015) / Jonathan Odell
23. The Illuminations (Faber & Faber, 2015) / Andrew O’Hagan
24. Vanessa and Her Sister (Bloomsbury Circus, 2015) / Priya Parmar
25. The Whites (Henry Holt, 2015) / Richard Price (writing as Harry Brandt)
26. The Damned (Simon & Schuster, 2015) / Andrew Pyper
27. Lamentation (Mulholland Books, 2015) / C.J. Sansom
28. The Last Good Paradise (St Martin’s Press, 2015) / Tatjana Soli
29. The Kind Worth Killing (William Morrow, 2015) / Peter Swanson
30. Canary (Mulholland Books, 2015) / Duane Swierczynski

31. Anna Karenina (trans. from the Russian by Marian Schwartz) (Yale University Press, 2015) / Leo Tolstoy
32. Prudence (Riverhead, 2015) / David Treuer
33. The Tongues of Men or Angels (Corsair, 2015) / Jonathan Trigell
34. A Spool of Blue Thread (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015) / Anne Tyler
35. Second Life (Doubleday, 2015) / S.J. Watson

First Novels
1. Green on Blue (Scribner, 2015) / Elliot Ackerman
2. She Weeps Each Time You’re Born (Pantheon, 2015) / Quan Barry
3. Spill Simmer Falter Wither (Tramp Press, 2015) / Sara Baume
4. Find Me (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015) / Laura van den Berg
5. Wolf Winter (Hodder & Stoughton, 2015) / Cecilia Ekbäck
6. Our Endless Numbered Days (Fig Tree, 2015) / Claire Fuller
7. Fate Moreland’s Widow (University of South Carolina Press, 2015) / John Lane
8. Arab Jazz (trans. from the French by Sam Gordon) (MacLehose Press, 2015) / Karim Miské
9. The Chimes (Sceptre, 2015) / Anna Smaill
10. Disgruntled (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015)Z / Asali Solomon

11. Ismael and His Sisters (Granta Books, 2015) / Louise Stern
12. The Anchoress (Faber & Faber, 2015) / Robyn Cadwallader
13. My Sunshine Away (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015) / M.O. Walsh

Stories
1. There’s Something I Want You to Do (Pantheon, 2015) / Charles Baxter
2. Over Our Heads (Penguin, 2015) / Andrew Fox
3. Single, Carefree, Mellow (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015) / Katherine Heiny
4. Lucky Alan and Other Stories (Doubleday, 2015) / Jonathan Lethem
5. Get in Trouble (Random House, 2015) / Kelly Link
6. Making Nice (Henry Holt, 2015) / Matt Sumell
7. The American Lover (W.W. Norton, 2015) / Rose Tremain
8. Mischief (Head of Zeus, 2015) / Fay Weldon

Poetry
1. Ask the Moon: Collected Poems, 1948-2015 (Hutchinson, 2015) / Dannie Abse
2. Barely Composed (W.W. Norton, 2015) / Alice Fulton
3. Disinformation (Picador, 2015) / Frances Leviston
4. Poems (Little, Brown, 2015) / Iain Banks & Ken MacLeod
5. We Mammals in Hospitable Times (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2015) / Jynne Dilling Martin
6. Shingle Street (Chatto & Windus, 2015) / Blake Morrison
7. Summer Requiem: A Book of Poems (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015) / Vikram Seth

Nonfiction
1. It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War (Penguin Press, 2015) / Lynsey Addario
2. Young Eliot: From St Louis to The Waste Land (Jonathan Cape, 2015) / Robert Crawford
3. Why Not Say What Happened: A Sentimental Education (Liveright, 2015) / Morris Dickstein
4. Leaving Before the Rains Come (Harvill Secker/The Penguin Press, 2015) / Alexandra Fuller
5. Love Songs: The Hidden History (Oxford University Press, 2015) / Ted Gioia
6. Discontent and its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London (Riverhead, 2015) / Mohsin Hamid
7. Kaufman’s Hill: A Memoir (Bancroft Press, 2015) / John C. Hampsey
8. Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015) / Daisy Hay
9. Where Have You Been?: Selected Essays (Faber & Faber, 2015) / Michael Hofmann
10. Eleanor Marx: A Life (Bloomsbury Press, 2015) / Rachel Holmes

11. Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English Usage (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015) / Oliver Kamm
12. Screening Room: Family Pictures (Pantheon, 2015) / Alan Lightman
13. Love and Lies: An Essay on Truthfulness, Deceit, and the Growth and Care of Erotic Love (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015) / Clancy Martin
14. The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream (Bloomsbury Circus, 2015) / Katharine Norbury
15. The Authumn Balloon (Grand Central Publishing, 2015) / Kenny Porpora
16. The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920 (Allen Lane, 2015) / Eugene Rogan
17. This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War (Atlantic Books, 2015) / Samanth Subramanian
18. Edward Thomas: From Adlestrop to Arras: A Biography (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2015) / Jean Moorcroft Wilson
19. Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage (Jonathan Cape, 2015) / Kathleen Winter
20. Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy (Basic Books, 2015) / Irvin D. Yalom

Thursday, January 01, 2015

January 2015 Highlights

Novels
1. See How Small (Little, Brown, 2015) / Scott Blackwood
2. Amnesia (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015) / Peter Carey
3. Sweetland (Liveright, 2015) / Michael Crummey
4. Outline (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015) / Rachel Cusk
5. Blood-Drenched Beard (trans. from the Portuguese by Alison Entrekin) (Penguin Press, 2015) / Daniel Galera
6. Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio, 2015) / Sarah Gerard
7. Vigilante (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015) / Shelley Harris
8. The Big Seven (Grove Press/Atlantic Monthly Press, 2015) / Jim Harrison
9. The Season of Migration (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015) / Nellie Hermann
10. A Pleasure and a Calling (Picador USA, 2015) / Phil Hogan

11. The Crooked House (Sphere, 2015) / Christobel Kent
12. In Real Life (Canongate Books, 2015) / Chris Killen
13. 10:04 (Granta Books, 2015) / Ben Lerner
14. Fear the Darkness (Minotaur Books, 2015) / Becky Masterman
15. Runaway (Quercus, 2015) / Peter May
16. The Offering (Sceptre, 2015) / Grace McCleen
17. The Sacrifice (Ecco/Fourth Estate, 2015) / Joyce Carol Oates
18. West of Sunset (Viking, 2015) / Stewart O’Nan
19. Serpents in the Cold (Little, Brown, 2015) / Thomas O’Malley & Douglas Graham Purdy
20. Curtain Call (Jonathan Cape, 2015) / Anthony Quinn

21. Happy Are the Happy (trans. from the French by Sarah Ardizzone) (Other Press, 2015) / Yasmina Reza
22. Lurid & Cute (Jonathan Cape, 2015) / Adam Thirlwell
23. The Same Sky (Ballantine Books, 2015) / Amanda Eyre Ward
24. Watch Me Go (Putnam, 2015) / Mark Wisniewski
25. The Lightning Tree (Faber & Faber, 2015) / Emily Woof
26. The Seventh Day (trans. from the Chinese by Allan H. Barr) (Pantheon, 2015) / Yu Hua

First Novels
1. Bonita Avenue (trans. from the Dutch by Jonathan Reeder) (Hogarth, 2015) / Peter Buwalda
2. The Serpent Papers (Quercus, 2015) / Jessica Cornwell
3. The Devil You Know (Touchstone, 2015) / Elisabeth de Mariaffi
4. A Small Indiscretion (Random House, 2015) / Jan Ellison
5. An Untamed State (Corsair, 2015) / Roxane Gay
6. One Night, Markovitch (trans. from the Hebrew by Sondra Silverston) (Pushkin Press, 2015) / Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
7. The Girl On the Train (Riverbed Books/Doubleday, 2015) / Paula Hawkins
8. This Place Holds No Fear (trans. from the German by Anne Posten) (Haus Publishing, 2015) / Monika Held
9. Etta and Otto and Russell and James (Fig Tree, 2015) / Emma Hooper
10. Descent (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015) / Tim Johnston

11. The First Bad Man (Scribner, 2015) / Miranda July

11. The Magician’s Lie (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2015) / Greer Macallister
12. Against the Country (Random House, 2015) / Ben Metcalfe
13. Arrows of Rain (Soho Press, 2015) / Okey Ndibe
14. Alice and the Fly (Hodder & Stoughton, 2015) / James Rice
15. Don’t Let Him Know (Bloomsbury Publishing/Bloomsbury USA, 2015) / Sandip Roy
16. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth (Grand Central Publishing, 2015) / Christopher Scotton
17. Migratory Animals (Harper Perennial, 2015) / Mary Helen Specht
18. The Winter War (trans. from the Finnish by Tiina Nunnally) (Serpent’s Tail, 2015) / Philip Teir
19. The Liar’s Chair (Mantle, 2015) / Rebecca Whitney
20. Weathering (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015) / Lucy Wood

Stories
1. Refund (Counterpoint Press, 2015) / Karen E. Bender
2. Almost Famous Women (Scribner, 2015) / Megan Mayhew Bergman
3. The Hollow Land (Europa Editions, 2015) / Jane Gardam
4. Honeydew (Little, Brown/John Murray, 2015) / Edith Pearlman
5. Wrote for Luck (Galley Beggar Press, 2015) / D.J. Taylor

Poetry
1. One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (Faber & Faber, 2015) / Paul Muldoon
2. Station Zed (Graywolf Press, 2015) / Tom Sleigh

Nonfiction
1. On Writers and Writing (previously published as Negotiating with the Dead) (Virago, 2015) / Margaret Atwood
2. Van Gogh: A Power Seething (New Harvest, 2015) / Julian Bell
3. On the Wilder Shores of Love: Sketches from a Bohemian Life (ed. Georgia de Chamberet) (Virago, 2015) / Lesley Blanch
4. The Girl From Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015) / Roger Cohen
5. Young Eliot: From St Louis to The Waste Land (Jonathan Cape, 2015) / Robert Crawford
6. The Devil Wins: A History of Lying from the Garden of Eden to the Enlightenment (Princeton University Press, 2015) / Dallas G. Denery II
7. My History: A Memoir of Growing Up (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015) / Antonia Fraser
8. Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2015) / Greg Garrett
9. Publishing: A Writer’s Memoir (Bloomsbury Press, 2015) / Gail Godwin
10. Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance (Chatto & Windus, 2015) / Daisy Hay

11. The Italians (Allen Lane/Viking, 2015) / John Hooper
12. When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010 (The Penguin Press, 2015) / Tony Judt
13. Quite a Good Time to be Born: A Memoir, 1935-1975 (Harvill Secker, 2015) / David Lodge
14. One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015) / Peter Manseau
15. The Romani Gypsies (Belknap Press, 2015) / Yaron Matras
16. Between Gods: A Memoir (Tinder Press, 2015) / Alison Pick
17. Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story (Counterpoint, 2015) / Michael Rosen
18. The Young T.E. Lawrence (published as Young Lawrence: A Portrait of the Legend as a Young Man in the U.K. in 2014) (W.W. Norton, 2015) / Anthony Sattin
19. A Man of Good Hope (Jonathan Cape, 2015) / Jonny Steinberg
20. The Poet’s Tale: Chaucer and the year that made The Canterbury Tales (Profile Books, 2015) / Paul Strohm

21. Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class (Yale University Press, 2015) / Scott Timber

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

100 Literary Favourites of 2014

THE YEAR 2014 HAS COME TO AN END. This has been another vintage year for both fiction and nonfiction. It’s literally a bumper harvest of literature. Here are my favourite reads of 2014, arranged alphabetically by author’s name. They are not necessarily the best books of the year. What I have listed here are merely a selection of some of my favourite books that I have read this year, books that have resonated with me, books that have left an impression on me, books that I enjoyed in one way or another. This list is of course subjective because I have only read a small percentage of the books published this year. It is almost impossible to do a Top 10. I could easily add another hundred books to the list if I wanted to. Like many serious readers, I buy far more books than I can possibly read, but nothing makes me happier. As always, I look forward with anticipation to a new reading year.

Novels
1. The Temporary Gentleman (Faber & Faber, 2014) / Sebastian Barry
2. Above the East China Sea (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) / Sarah Bird
3. All the Light We Cannot See (Scribner/Fourth Estate, 2014) / Anthony Doerr
4. The Girl Who Couldn’t Read (Blue Door, 2014) / John Harding
5. Dear Thief (Atavist Books, 2014) / Samantha Harvey
6. The Confessions of Frances Godwin (Bloomsbury USA, 2014) / Robert Hellenga
7. The Book of Unknown Americans (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) / Cristina Henríquez
8. The Emperor Waltz (Fourth Estate, 2014) / Philip Hensher
9. Spilt Milk (Penguin Books, 2014) / Amanda Hodgkinson
10. Neverhome (Little, Brown, 2014) / Laird Hunt

11. A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead, 2014) / Marlon James
12. Remember Me Like This (Random House, 2014) / Bret Anthony Johnston
13. The Moor’s Account (Pantheon, 2014) / Laila Lalami
14. Florence Gordon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) / Brian Morton
15. Winter (Fourth Estate, 2014) / Christopher Nicholson
16. Lila (Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Virago/Little, Brown, 2014) / Marilynne Robinson
17. The Remedy for Love (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014) / Bill Roorbach
18. The Architect’s Apprentice (Viking, 2014) / Elif Shafak
19. Family Life (Faber & Faber/W.W. Norton, 2014) / Akhil Sharma
20. Some Luck (Alfred A. Knopf/Mantle, 2014) / Jane Smiley

21. Station Eleven (Alfred A. Knopf/Picador, 2014) / Emily St John Mandel
22. All My Puny Sorrows (Faber & Faber/McSweeney’s, 2014) / Miriam Toews
23. The Paying Guests (Virago/Riverhead, 2014) / Sarah Waters
24. Eyrie (Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Picador, 2014) / Tim Winton
25. Nora Webster (Viking/Scribner, 2014) / Colm Tóibín
26. History of the Rain (Bloomsbury Publishing/Bloomsbury USA, 2014) / Niall Williams

Translated Fiction
27. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (trans. from the Italian by Ann Goldstein) (Europa Editions, 2014) / Elena Ferrante
28. F (trans. from the German by Carol Brown Janeway) (Pantheon/Quercus, 2014) / Daniel Kehlmann
29. I Refuse (trans. from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett) (Harvill Secker, 2014) / Per Petterson
30. The Cold Song (trans. from the Norwegian by Barbara J. Haveland) (Other Press, 2014) / Linn Ullmann

First Novels
31. Panic in a Suitcase (Riverhead, 2014) / Yelena Akhtiorskaya
32. Life Drawing (Picador/Random House, 2014) / Robin Black
33. Ruby (Hogarth, 2014) / Cynthia Bond
34. A Song for Issy Bradley (Hutchinson, 2014) / Carys Bray
35. Painted Horses (Grove Press, 2014) / Malcolm Brooks
36. Shotgun Lovesongs (Thomas Dunne Books/Picador, 2014) / Nickolas Butler
37. High as the Horses’ Bridles (Henry Holt, 2014) / Scott Cheshire
38. The Enchanted (Harper/Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2014) / Rene Denfeld
39. An Untamed State (Black Cat/Grove Press, 2014) / Roxane Gay
40. The Bully of Order (Harper Press, 2014) / Brian Hart

41. Elizabeth Is Missing (Penguin Viking, 2014) / Emma Healey
42. Fourth of July Creek (Ecco, 2014) / Smith Henderson
43. Preparation for the Next Life (Tyrant Books, 2014) / Atticus Lish
44. The Undertaking (Atlantic Books/Grove Press, 2014) / Audrey Magee
45. Dust (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) / Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
46. Land Where I Flee (Quercus, 2014) / Prajwal Parajuly
47. After Me Comes the Flood (Serpent’s Tail, 2014) / Sarah Perry
48. In the Light of What We Know (Picador/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014) / Zia Haider Rahman
49. We Are Not Ourselves (Simon & Schuster/Fourth Estate, 2014) / Matthew Thomas
50. The Visionist (Little, Brown/Simon & Schuster, 2014) / Rachel Urquhart
50. The Great Glass Sea (Grove Press, 2014) / Josh Weil

Stories
51. The Emerald Light in the Air (Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Granta Books, 2014) / Donald Antrim
52. Young Skins (Jonathan Cape, 2014) / Colin Barrett
53. Man V. Nature (Harper, 2014) / Diane Cook
54. Noontide Toll (Granta Books, 2014) / Romesh Gunesekera
55. Infidelities (Faber & Faber, 2014) / Kirsty Gunn
56. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher (Fourth Estate/Henry Holt, 2014) / Hilary Mantel
57. The Other Language (Pantheon, 2014) / Francesca Marciano
58. Thunderstruck and Other Stories (The Dial Press, 2014) / Elizabeth McCracken
59. Bark (Alfred A. Knopf/Faber & Faber, 2014) / Lorrie Moore
60. The American Lover (Random House, 2014) / Rose Tremain

Poetry
61. Bright Travellers (Jonathan Cape, 2014) / Fiona Benson
62. All One Breath (Jonathan Cape, 2014) / John Burnside
63. Moontide (Bloodaxe Books, 2014) / Niall Campbell
64. Faithful and Virtuous Night (Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Carcanet Press, 2014) / Louise Glück
65. Corridor (Graywolf Press, 2014) / Saskia Hamilton
66. Fire Songs (Faber & Faber, 2014) / David Harsent
67. Second Childhood (Graywolf Press, 2014) / Fanny Howe
68. The Stairwell (Jonathan Cape, 2014) / Michael Longley
69. This Blue (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014) / Maureen N. McLane
70. Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014) / Claudia Rankine

Nonfiction
71. Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Atlantic Books, 2014) / Scott Anderson
72. Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence (Alfred A. Knopf/The Bodley Head, 2014) / Karen Armstrong
73. Updike (Harper, 2014) / Adam Begley
74. Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love (Bloomsbury Publishing/Bloomsbury Press, 2014) / James Booth
75. Moral Imagination: Essays (Princeton University Press, 2014) / David Bromwich
76. Joan of Arc: A History (Faber & Faber, 2014) / Helen Castor
77. Loitering: New & Collected Essays (Tin House Books, 2014) / Charles D’Ambrosio
78. The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014) / Meghan Daum
79. The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) / David Brion Davis
80. Dublin: The Making of a Capital City (Profile Books, 2014) / David Dickson

81. Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts (Yale University Press, 2014) / Robert M. Dowling
82. The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World (Metropolitan Books/Oneworld Publications, 2014) / Greg Grandin
83. Gandhi Before India (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) / Ramachandra Guha
84. Eleanor Marx: A Life (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014) / Rachel Holmes
85. Ten Cities that Made an Empire (Allen Lane, 2014) / Tristram Hunt
86. Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from The Rights of Man to Robespierre (Princeton University Press, 2014) / Jonathan Israel
87. The Empathy Exams: Essays (Graywolf Press, 2014) / Leslie Jamieson
88. Midnight’s Descendants: South Asia from Partition to the Present Day (William Collins, 2014) / John Keay
89. Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas (W.W. Norton, 2014) / Adam Kirsch
90. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Bloomsbury Publishing/Henry Holt, 2014) / Elizabeth Kolbert


91. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh (Bloomsbury Circus/W.W. Norton, 2014) / John Lahr
92. Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) / Hermione Lee
93. Berlin: Imagine a City (Weidenfeld & Nicolson/St Martin’s Press, 2014) / Rory MacLean
94. Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood: A History in Thirteen Centuries (Allen Lane/The Penguin Press, 2014) / Justin Marozzi
95. My Life in Middlemarch (published in the U.K. as The Road to Middlemarch: My Life with George Eliot) (Crown/Granta, 2014) / Rebecca Mead
96. The Novel: A Biography (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 2014) / Michael Schmidt
97. The Golden Fleece (published in the U.S. as The Informed Air) (ed. Penelope Jardine) (New Directions/Carcanet Press, 2014) / Muriel Spark
98. Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) / Jan Swafford
99. The English and Their History (Allen Lane, 2014) / Robert Tombs
100. Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale (Oxford University Press, 2014) / Marina Warner

Monday, December 01, 2014

December 2014 Highlights

Novels
1. The Lady in White (trans. from the French by Alison Anderson) (University of Nebraska Press, 2014) / Christian Bobin
2. A Price to Pay (trans. from the German by John Brownjohn) (Haus Publishing, 2014) / Alex Capus
3. The Boston Girl (Simon & Schuster, 2014) / Anita Diamant
4. The End of Days (trans. from the German by Susan Bernofsky) (Portobello Books, 2014) / Jenny Erpenbeck
5. Vanessa and Her Sister (Ballantine Books/Random House, 2014) / Priya Parmar
6. Volcano Street (Atlantic Books, 2014) / David Rain
7. Skylight (trans. from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa) (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) / José Saramago
8. How to be Both (Pantheon, 2014) / Ali Smith

First Novels
1. Ridley Road (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2014) / Jo Bloom
2. The Bishop’s Wife (Soho Crime, 2014) / Mette Ivie Harrison
3. Last Days in Shanghai (Counterpoint, 2014) / Casey Walker

Stories
1. Love & Hate (Faber & Faber, 2014) / Hanif Kureishi

Poetry
1. A Woman Without a Country (W.W. Norton, 2014) / Eavan Boland
2. The Poem She Didn’t Write and Other Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2014) / Olena Kalytiak Davis

Nonfiction
1. Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) / Sven Beckert
2. The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words (ed. Barry Day) (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) / Raymond Chandler
3. Henry VIII: The Quest for Fame (Allen Lane, 2014) / John Guy
4. Essays After Eighty (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) / Donald Hall
5. Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age (The University of Chicago Press, 2014) / Robert Pogue Harrison
6. Where Have You Been?: Selected Essays (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014) / Michael Hofmann
7. A Tremendous Thing: Friendship from the Iliad to the Internet (Cornell University Press, 2014) / Gregory Jusdanis
8. Modernity Britain: 1957-1962 (Bloomsbury USA, 2014) / David Kynaston
9. Huck Finn’s America: Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece (Simon & Schuster, 2014) / Andrew Levy
10. Loving Literature: A Cultural History (The University of Chicago Press, 2014) / Deidre Shauna Lynch

11. The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Good Ones) Saved My Life (Harper Perennial, 2014) / Andy Miller
12. Seeing Things As They Are: Selected Journalism and Other Writings (Harvill Secker, 2014) / George Orwell
13. Jealousy (Yale University Press, 2014) / Peter Toohey
14. Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale (Oxford University Press, 2014) / Marina Warner

Saturday, November 01, 2014

November 2014 Highlights

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and NOVEMBER arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.” J.K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Novels
1. The Emerald Light in the Air (Granta Books, 2014) / Donald Antrim
2. Far As the Eye Can See (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014) / Robert Bausch
3. Amnesia (Faber & Faber, 2014) / Peter Carey
4. Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves (Grove Press, 2014) / Carolyn Chute
5. The Happiest People in the World (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014) / Brock Clarke
6. Getting Colder (Virago, 2014) / Amanda Coe
7. The Burning Room (Little, Brown/Orion, 2014) / Michael Connelly
8. The Penguin’s Song (trans. from the Arabic by Marilyn Booth) (City Lights Publishers, 2014) / Hassan Daoud
9. Crooked Heart (Doubleday, 2014) / Lissa Evans
10. The Book of Strange New Things (Canongate, 2014) / Michel Faber

11. The Barefoot Queen (crown, 2014) / Idelfonso Falcones
12. The Italian Wife (Sphere, 2014) / Kate Furnivall
13. Sylvia Garland’s Broken Heart (Halban Publishers, 2014) / Helen Harris
14. The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens (Counterpoint, 2014) / Thomas Hauser
15. Funny Girl (Viking, 2014) / Nick Hornby
16. A Map of Betrayal (Pantheon, 2014) / Ha Jin
17. The Laughing Monsters (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014) / Denis Johnson
18. Revival (Scribner/Hodder & Stoughton, 2014) / Stephen King
19. Mermaids in Paradise (W.W. Norton, 2014) / Lydia Millet
20. The Forgers (Mysterious Press, 2014) / Bradford Morrow

21. The Fires of Autumn (trans. from the French by Sandra Smith) (Chatto & Windus, 2014) / Irène Némirovsky
22. When the Night Comes (John Murray Publishers, 2014) / Favel Parrett
23. The Siege (trans. from the Spanish by Frank Wynne) (Random House, 2014) / Arturo Pérez-Reverte
24. Peace and Conflict (Corsair, 2014) / Irene Sabatini
25. Shark (Grove Press/Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014) / Will Self
26. The Architect’s Apprentice (Viking, 2014) / Elif Shafak
27. Some Luck (Mantle, 2014) / Jane Smiley
28. All Days Are Nights (trans. from the German by Michael Hofmann) (Other Press, 2014) / Peter Stamm
29. All My Puny Sorrows (McSweeney’s, 2014) / Miriam Toews
30. Anna Karenina (trans. from the Russian by Marian Schwartz) (Yale University Press, 2014) / Leo Tolstoy

31. Balancing Act (Black Swan, 2014) / Joanna Trollope

First Novels
1. Preparation for the Next Life (Tyrant Books, 2014) / Atticus Lish
2. Three Bargains (W.W. Norton, 2014) / Tania Malik
3. Everything I Never Told You (Blackfriars, 2014) / Celeste Ng

Stories
1. Let Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe Book (Ecco/Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014) / Richard Ford
2. Infidelities (Faber & Faber, 2014) / Kirsty Gunn
3. Life-Like (Seagull Books, 2014) / Toby Litt
4. Frog (Hamish Hamilton, 2014) / Mo Yan
5. Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas (trans. from the French by Mark Polizzotti) (Yale University Press, 2014) / Patrick Modiano
6. Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) / Alice Munro
7. New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (FSG Originals, 2014) / Shelly Oria
8. Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories (Ecco, 2014) / Ron Rash
9. The American Lover (Random House, 2014) / Rose Tremain

Poetry
1. Ask the Moon: New and Collected Poems, 1948-2014 (Hutchinson, 2014) / Dannie Abse
2. You Must Remember This (Milkweed Editions, 2014) / Michael Bazzett
3. Slant Six (Copper Canyon Press, 2014) / Erin Belieu
4. New Selected Poems, 1988-2013 (Faber & Faber, 2014) / Seamus Heaney
5. Sack (Picador, 2014) / John Kinsella
6. One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (Faber & Faber, 2014) / Paul Muldoon
7. When God Is a Traveller (Bloodaxe Books, 2014) / Arundhathi Subramanaiam
8. The Other Mountain (Carcanet, 2014) / Rowan Williams

Nonfiction
1. Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love (Bloomsbury Press, 2014) / James Booth
2. Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Invade Our Lives (Virago, 2014) / Joanna Bourke
3. Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War (New York Review Books, 2014) / Ian Buruma
4. Ultrasonic: Essays (Lavender Ink, 2014) / Steven Church
5. Life, Love and the Archers: Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose (Two Roads, 2014) / Wendy Cope
6. Loitering: New & Collected Essays (Tin House Books, 2014) / Charles D’Ambrosio
7. The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014) / Meghan Daum
8. Dublin: The Making of a Capital City (Belknap Press, 2014) / David Dickson
9. Visitants (Hamish Hamilton, 2014) / Dave Eggers
10. Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923 (W.W. Norton, 2014) / R.F. Foster

11. My Life in Houses (Chatto & Windus, 2014) / Margaret Forster
12. Between Two Worlds: How the English Became Americans (Oxford University Press, 2014) / Malcolm Gaskill
13. Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York and London (Hamish Hamilton, 2014) / Mohsin Hamid
14. Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays (Graywolf Press, 2014) / Tony Hoagland
15. Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas (W.W. Norton, 2014) / Adam Kirsch
16. Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found (Granta/Liveright, 2014) / Frances Larson
17. Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) / Hermione Lee
18. Germany: Memories of a Nation (Allen Lane, 2014) / Neil MacGregor
19. “Literchoor Is My Beat”: A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014) / Ian S. MacNiven
20. In America: Travels with John Steinbeck (trans. from the Dutch by Liz Waters) (Harvill Secker, 2014) / Geert Mak

21. Why Homer Matters (Henry Holt, 2014) / Adam Nicolson
22. Where I’m Reading From: The Changing World of Books (Harvill Secker, 2014) / Tim Parks
23. Napoleon: A Life (Viking Adult, 2014) / Andrew Roberts
24. A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz (Granta Books, 2014) / Göran Rosenberg
25. Capitalism: A Ghost Story (Verso Books, 2014) / Arundhati Roy
26. Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East (Simon & Schuster, 2014) / Gerard Russell
27. Men Explain Things to Me and Other Essays (Granta Books, 2014) / Rebecca Solnit
28. Chaucer’s Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury (Viking, 2014) / Paul Strohm
29. The English and Their History (Allen Lane, 2014) / Robert Tombs
30. In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815 (Faber & Faber, 2014) / Jenny Uglow

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sweet Passion

SHANTINI SUNTHARAJAH traces CHARMAINE AUGUSTIN’s journey from broadcasting and boardrooms to gourmet food and confectionery

Photos by AHMAD ZURIN NOH for Quill
Coordinated by ERIC FORBES

IF YOU WERE A CHILD of the Eighties growing up in Malaysia, chances are good that you will remember Charmaine Augustin. Back in the pre-American Idol days when TV3 was a brand-new television station, there was Juara Lagu and Muzik-Muzik. As co-host of the channel’s wildly popular singing competition and music show, Augustin’s visage graced millions of small screens across the country and around the region.

You might remember Augustin for her remarkable ability to connect and engage with live audiences and viewers, or how she seemed to effortlessly radiate glitz and glamour on the screen. Delve a little deeper, and it becomes abundantly clear that she is a deep thinker—a characteristic that she is well aware of.

Kuala Lumpur-born Augustin describes herself as passionate and intense, sensitive and very private. She also calls herself a “quiet observer,” a trait that was born of necessity when she was a child. Her late father, Dato Capt. Patrick Augustin, was in the Army and Special Branch, so her formative years were marked by travel and plenty of it. “On the move” is the phrase that best describes her childhood, she explains.

All that movement and change brought with it both the good and the bad. “My nomadic childhood created insecurities. It also built reserve and innate self-belief,” she explains, candidly. “I was an outsider, an avid observer of life, an adventurer. Incessant daydreaming was my insulation from the uncertainties of growing up. It was fertile ground for unbridled imagination.”

While a nomadic lifestyle created an unusually high level of unpredictability in her childhood years, Augustin also fondly remembers the good times. The middle child among three siblings and the only girl, Augustin recalls growing up in gorgeous Lutyens-style bungalows with gleaming arches and wide wooden verandahs, surrounded by lush spacious gardens. “There were gazebos, giant rubber and banyan trees with branches reaching to the sky. Sometimes we lived in forests in newly cleared jungles turned into housing residences. Other times it was by the sea.”

She also vividly remembers long bicycle rides with her younger brother, down winding paths that led to the beach when the family lived in Penang and Butterworth. “The breeze, salty from the sea, whiffed across our nostrils. We picked up starfish and endlessly tickled their legs. It was a favourite pastime.”

Seaside bicycle rides and playing with starfish are undeniably idyllic ways to while away the hours, but these days, Augustin has time to indulge in these pursuits only in her memories.

Today, Augustin, who speaks and writes French fluently, is a busy businesswoman who co-runs Passion Doux (which means “sweet passion” in French) with her best friend Lee Yulie. Passion Doux is a wholesale provider of premium gourmet foods. “We import and distribute gourmet and specialty fine foods with a penchant for confectionery. We also work with individuals with rare and specialty products. These include handmade award-winning nougats, pickles and jams, cookies, coconut candies, pate des fruits and calamansi honey nectar juice, among others.”

Passion Doux clients are highly discerning and demand the finest, but judging from the company’s growth, the two co-owners are more than able to deliver. “Our clients include five-star hotels, upscale grocery outlets, private premium gift retailers and blue-chip corporations. My roles and focus include product identification and development, packaging, sales, marketing and branding, client relationship, import and logistics,” explains Augustin.

So how did a renowned TV personality end up in the wholesale food industry? As it turns out, much like her childhood, Augustin’s career path is nothing if not unusual and her choices reflect the deep courage of a woman who isn’t afraid to follow her heart.

For those who remember her polished professionalism during her days at TV3, it would be hard to believe that the young broadcast announcer had no media experience or training at the time. Despite this “drawback” she enjoyed a meteoric rise up the ranks and while many others in her place would have played it safe, she dropped everything to go to college.

“My time in TV3 inspired me to go pursue a degree in Broadcast and Film. I left for Boston in 1991 and returned in 1994.” The Malaysian media landscape had changed dramatically in those three years and there were many more opportunities for Augustin to dive into. “Upon my return I joined MetroVision Channel 8, known as 8TV today, as Program Manager, followed by a stint as the Asian Managing Director with Articulate Asia, a Dutch telecommunications and content company.” Time at the telecommunications company proved to be a turning point in her career. “While in Articulate I realised that the future was in the direction of convergence of content, multimedia and technology.”

The next few years were a whirlwind of upward mobility and career changes, which included time working as a Marketing Manager at the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC) when she became part of the pioneering effort that created the Malaysian Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). Next she was headhunted to join Ericsson Malaysia as General Manager of Mobile Internet and Systems Integration and became the first Malaysian woman and the youngest person to take over the role.

Then it was on to Malaysia Biotechnology Corporation as Branding and Marketing Vice-President. Augustin’s corporate career culminated in 2008 when she was appointed General Manager for DDBPR, the public relations arm of Naga DDB, Malaysia’s largest marketing and communications advertising company. Like her decision to drop everything during the height of her success at TV3, Augustin made a decision to turn away from the corporate fast track to focus on her secret love—food. “Food has always fascinated me. It is one of the greatest pleasures of the senses and a playground for creativity and visual art.”

As with all her career moves, she combined heart with smarts and looked at ways to turn her love into a viable, lucrative business. This focus and direction inspired her to combine food with trading and thus Passion Doux was born. “I have always loved the idea of trading. Even in the companies I used to work for, wherever there was an opportunity, I would create business-inspired events,” she reveals.

These days, Augustin’s daily routine overflows with “work, work, and more work” plus time stolen here and there for leisure pursuits like reading and jazz piano classes but the popular media personality turned entrepreneur will have it no other way.

Other than serving an ever-expanding clientele, Augustin, along with Lee, works with less fortunate individuals and families who possess the fire and spirit of an entrepreneur but not the financial means to support their dreams. “We develop recipes, formulas and ideas with them and brand and market their products. This gives them sustainable income, new-found confidence and knowledge that they have special skills and are able to contribute to society and to their families.”

Passion Doux also serves as a channel for the two women to bring alive the food tradition and memories of their beloved mothers and grandmothers. “We resurrect long-forgotten or rarely produced traditional favourite delicacies like handmade coconut candies the way Granny used to make them.” Augustin says this brings back the past in a beautiful way while reviving disappearing tastes and senses. “We take quiet pleasure in seeing the look of happiness on the faces of clients who come across a long-forgotten aroma or a taste from their childhood.”

Reproduced from the July-September 2014 issue of Quill magazine