Snow is a lovely book, it is a short tale of love, poetry and snow. Originally written in French by Maxence Fermine and translated wonderfully by Chris Mulhern . The writing is exquisite, simple short sparse prose with barely a word wasted. Each page invokes visual and emotional response, from the coldness of the mountains to loss and a vivid sense of colour. The story is of a young Japanese man finding his vocation as a haiku poet and the hard path he takes on the way. A perfect place to escape to on the way to work, though don't rush it, those 100 odd pages fast melt, like snow in a ditch.