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F.C. Malby grew up in East Anglia in the UK and spent time teaching English in the Czech Republic. She left the University of Reading with a First Class Honours Degree in Geography and Education, and enjoys travel and photography. Having spent many years teaching, and fewer as a wedding photographer, extensive travel and cultural differences have fuelled her desire for writing. Her first novel began to form in 2007 when she left her teaching position at Dulwich College Prep. School in London to move to Central Europe. F.C. Malby enjoys oil painting, plays the piano, clarinet and guitar. Her favourite food is Thai and Indian, and baking cakes makes her happy, especially to get around writer's block. She finds skiing and water-skiing exhilarating, but hasn't yet sky-dived or bungee jumped. Her favourite places on Earth are Marrakech, Jerusalem, Istanbul, The Valley of the Kings, Mindanao, Milford Sound, Robben Island, The Brooklyn Bridge, Charles Bridge, and Florence.
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14 October 2013
'Take Me to the Castle' follows the lives of Jana, Milos and Lukas, and is set in Czechoslovakia during, and shortly after, the collapse of communism. It is a thoughtful, interesting read with strong characterisation, and the descriptions of the city and castle are beautifully done. It explores Jana's grief over the death of her father and his continuing influence over her life. The parallels with Lukas's job in building restoration works well alongside the theme of recovering human casualties. I found the first third lacked a little in narrative drive although the story is sustained by Jana's convincing voice (and chapter two is particularly gripping). When the implications of Lukas's part in past events unravels, the story gathers momentum. The love triangle works well, and the final third of the novel is both engrossing and touching. This is an engaging story with an excellent sense of place, set during an intriguing period of history. Recommended.
23 May 2015
A beautifully told story of how the past interweaves with the present, how change happens and what happens as a result of changes. This story follows Jana’s journey from childhood in Czechoslovakia with her mother, father, sister and brother, to adulthood in the Czech Republic following the Velvet Revolution in 1989. The crumbling of the Berlin Wall and the sweeping changes leading to democracy are painted against a personal backdrop of oppression, loss, lack of trust and fear.
2 June 2013
Take Me to The Castle focuses on Jana, her loves and passions and her confusion as the Czech Republic goes through massive political changes and the influence the father she has lost, has had on this. Malby navigates these difficult waters with ease and you are transported into not only an emotional quagmire, but a moral one as people make life decisions that have far reaching effects on the lives of others. Brilliantly done.
27 January 2013
Being not too fond of this kind of subject matter, and not particularly looking forward to reading "Take Me to the Castle", I began to really get into the first chapter. I certainly became enthrawled with the storyline and enjoyed following the lives of the different characters. Being the authors first book, I look forward to the next one, whether it is a sequel or a completely different genre.
8 January 2013
This book had my attention from the first page. The time in history covered was not one with which I was very familiar, but I found the way the historical detail was incorporated into the story absolutely fascinating. F.C. Malby has managed to bring history to life through the eyes of her well-crafted characters. Each of the characters brings a different dimension to the story and us, the readers are transported through their personal experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed Take me to the Castle and cannot wait for F.C. Malby's next book!
25 January 2013
Lovely portayal of people dealing with massive national and personal change in Eastern Europe. Well researched and clear, but most of all her characters are extremely real and believable, developing naturally, though with odd twists and turns along the way. Difficult to put down at times and I keep thinking about them even now! Great insight into the human condition and subtlety shown in her writing. Get it and read it!!
18 February 2013
Totally captivates you from start to finish. Wonderfully descriptive narrative that enables the reader to feel there themselves. FC Malby has clearly put a lot of research into this novel and as a result of that I have learnt about a time in history that I knew little about.
I now eagerly await FC Malby's next novel.
I now eagerly await FC Malby's next novel.
30 January 2013
Such a wonderfully addictive book with beautiful characterisation and imagery. You really feel like you are watching history unfold - so well written. I cannot wait to read FCMalby's next book - certainly an author on my 'must read list'!
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I discovered F C Malby via Twitter and was interested to read her book set in the new Czech Republic at the time of its transition from Communism as this is a country and period...Read more
I really got into the story and couldn't put the book down... till about page 150!? Then I felt there were too many twists in the story and the main character seems to be...Read more
Could not get into this book tried many times perhaps other readers will enjoy reading this book. Sorry not for me
I almost gave up on this novel in the beginning. It took some time to get into it, to process what was going on, to realise that not much was in fact going to happen.Read more
I really enjoyed reading this - Didn't want it to end- and made me want to visit Czech and its beautiful cities.
Not a very interesting story line. The characters and story lacked any depth. The book provides information that is really of no relevance to the story. Failed to hold my interest.
I usually finish every book I begin to read - but with this I don't think I'll bother. I am 36% through it and don't really care about any of the characters.Read more
That time of transition from communism to democracy will only be experienced by one generation. This book give an insight into the complexities of those few years. The hopes.Read more
I'm originally from Slovakia, former part of Czechoslovakia, so I had to read the book....:-) I can only recommend it! It's good written, fascinating and exciting.Read more