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“I saw something nasty in the woodshed”

Cold Comfort Farm  Stella Gibbons   This has to be one of the most known quotes but I’m guessing a lot of people would have no idea, or forgotten,  that it comes from this wonderful 1930’s classic novel. It was a pleasure to re-read this classic, a bit like re-visiting an old friend, even finding out […]

Just whose fantasy is it ?

The Engagement.  Chloe Hooper            Chloe Hooper is a young Australian writer who appears to have had a dream run in a difficult career choice. She had short stories published while still at the University of Melbourne and then while only 23, won a Fulbright scholarship to Columbia University in New York. It was here she […]

Winner Orange Prize for Fiction 2012

Song of Achilles.  Madeline Miller. When I was a little girl I loved reading Greek myths and legends. So, I was thrilled when this book was named the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 and was quite keen to start reading the novel. I did enjoy the story and the rather unusual style and method  that Miller employs to […]

Is an author’s age immaterial to their novel?

Foreign Bodies. Cynthia Ozick Cynthia Ozick is an 84 year old author who took four years to write this, her seventh novel. It has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 and has been installed as 2/1 favourite by the bookmakers to take out the prize. The winner will be announced on the […]

What happened to Ingrid !!

The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter Julia, Ralph and Ingrid are university friends, living in Sydneyand vying for love in this complicated friendship triangle. Julia survives working in a video store, Ralph is wealthy North Shore and his cousin Ingrid is an orphaned Perth girl – brilliant, beautiful and affluent. There relationship is complex but devoted. […]

“I saw something nasty in the woodshed”

Cold Comfort Farm  Stella Gibbons “I saw something nasty in the woodshed”      This has to be one of the most known quotes but I’m guessing a lot of people would have no idea, or forgotten,  that it comes from this wonderful 1930’s classic novel. It was a pleasure to re-read this classic, a bit like re-visiting an […]

Corruption, deceit and lies

Snowdrops.  A.D Miller I always thought snowdrops were those lovely little white flowers but it appears it is also a moscow slang term. “A corpse that lies buried or hidden in the winter snows, emerging only in the thaw.” Not quite as sweet!  This book was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for 2011 and  […]

Short listed for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Literature

Pigeon English.   Stephen Kelman             11 year old Ghanaian immigrant Harrison Opoku  lives on the ninth floor in an inner-city housing estate. Just ‘being’ is tough here, and through the delightfully fresh eyes of Harri, we are given an intimate tour of life as a young boy, determined to be the fastest runner in his 7th […]

Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Literature

The Sense of an Ending.     Julian Barnes           Winning this prestigious award certainly must increase the sales of your book but I wonder if it adds to the enjoyment of the book or if readers are more critical when reading award winning books. Do you have “higher expectations”? Are you then disappointed when it does not meet […]

Elanora 1st Thursday Bookclub hit pick

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.  The “First Thursday of the Month” bookclub at Elanora Branch Library recently read and discussed this book. This is an overview of what they thought of the book.  They were all in agreement about the book, they loved it. (They are not always in agreement about the books they read!) […]

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