Tag Archives: fiction

The Life of Pi

On this occasion I’ve broken my own rules, having seen the movie before reading the book. I erred and wondered if I should still read Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi or if the film had now sullied my would-be reading experience. However retrospectively I don’t know why I stalled even momentarily.  After making a […]

Don’t want to miss a thing – Jill Mansell

Don’t want to miss a thing by Jill Mansell – When Dexter’s beloved sister dies suddenly, she leaves behind her 8 month old daughter, Delphi for him to raise. Dexter, a man who previously pursued a life of pleasure without responsibility or attachments, moves from his city apartment to a country home where he grows […]

The Lost child of Philomena Lee Book Club Discussion Questions

The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: Irish lass Philomena Lee is a mere teenager when she falls pregnant and is handed by her family, over to the nuns at Roscrea Abbey. […]

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox Book Club Discussion Questions

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: Set in Edinburgh in the  1930s, Esme is one of two daughters in the Lennox family.  Esme and her older sister Kitty are […]

The Book Thief Book Club Discussion Questions

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: Set in Germany as Hitler and Nazi power change the landscape and cultural identity of millions. The reader is introduced to Liesel Meminger by he most unlikely of narrators. He […]

Paris Architect

The Paris Architect is set in the City of Lights during the bleak World War II period when Paris becomes the City of Darkness. Nazi-occupied France forces Parisians to choose allegiance for the sole purpose of survival. Lucien is an egotistical architect and not a very likeable one at that. When we first meet him at the […]

The Virgin & the gypsy

D.H. Lawrence was one of the most important English novelists of the first quarter of the twentieth century. He is known particularly for his novels and short stories dealing with sex, relationships and the psychological and physical aspects. He was one of the earliest of the modern English novelists to employ the principles of psychoanalysis […]

John Steinbeck’s Pearl

When Kino, a humble fisherman finds a great pearl, he becomes the envy of the town. In the shining surface of the magnificent pearl, Kino imagines great prospects. He and his wife will be married in a church, their son Coyotito will go to school and learn to read and write and he will be […]

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck’s classic novel Of Mice and Men, written in 1937 is typical of his style, writing about labourers and ordinary people struggling for their livelihood. Of Mice and Men is the story of two itinerant farm labourers, an unlikely pair, who form a strong aliegance and share a desire for a small farm of their […]

The Son by Jo Nesbo

Highly recommend!  A page turner! The Edgar Award nominated Norwegian author has written a fast paced thriller with a strong plot! Excellent conclusion! Nesbo’s standalone new thriller “The Son” is outstanding and equally enjoyable if not better than the author’s cleverly written Inspector Harry Hole series. When Sonny Lofthus was a teenager he was catapulted […]

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