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The One-Hundred-year-old-man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: Jonas Jonasson’s debut novel The One hundred year … Continue reading
Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan Post by Kyla. Out of work and with employment standards that lessen as his desperation grows, Clay Jannon starts a new job in a book store unlike any other. Towards the front of … Continue reading
Three authors I’ve never heard of. Three books I wasn’t particularly looking for. But … three covers that grabbed my attention and three titles promising pure escapism? Yes please! The Perfect Location by Kate Forster This Australian author loves all … Continue reading
Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer This romance set in Regency times inspires with its beauty, settings and endearing characters who follow on from the favourite book of “These Old Shades” which was set about twenty years previously. The charm of … Continue reading
Dawn French’s Oh dear Silvia takes place in a hospital room where Silvia (of the title) lays in a comma & visited by a number of family members, friends & hospital staff. The memories of each visitor helps set the story and as you read you will find out who Silvia really is. The first chapter is told by Ed, the ex-husband, with following chapters jumping from Ed to Winnie, the hospital nurse, to Tia, the housekeeper, to Cat, Silvia’s current partner, to Jo, the sister & to Cassandra, the daughter. Each character spills out their hearts to Silvia while she lays their unresponsive. The character development is spot on & the plot is well constructed to expose pieces of information at critical times to create good flow.
French’s irreverent style of humour is apparent as she takes a serious situation and adds comedic value. It’s a talent of hers that shines through in her writing! Her characters are all unique and their individual relationships with Silvia will help to keep you interested in the overall story. I did feel slightly disappointed with the ending as I was hoping for a clearer explanation of why Silvia was in the comma and also some resolution for the characters would have been nice. However, a great read which will stir up your emotions.
There are some books that combine both humour and a good cry in one package, and others that are memorable for either a good laugh or because they tugged the heartstrings… Those with both sadness and humour … ‘Marley and me’ is full … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading