Cochrane (2) July 29

Autobiography of a seaman by Lord Thomas Cochrane

Cochrane was a British captain during the Napoleonic period. His life was the raw material on which many later writers of historical fiction drew. The influence on Patrick O’Brian and C.S. Forester, for example, is marked. For readers wanting naval daring, the biography written by his son is a better read. There is a bit […]

Want to be Invisible July 24

Invisible Man Fiction, Love to Be Invisible! You May Not After Reading/Watching These!

Since you were a kid you’ve dreamt of nothing better than being able to be in the same room as that certain someone you like as they get undressed with them having no idea you’re even there. Or maybe as you go older you wanted to listen in on confidential conversations, get stock or business […]

games 2 July 22

The Olympic Games

The Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro on 5-21 August this year. These are some lovely books on the topic which have recently caught my eye.   The Story Of The Olympics by Richard Brassey. This book is beautifully set out to appeal to children, and will entertain while informing in much the same […]

sweet thing July 22

Sweet Thing

Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino   Post by Melissa.   Sweet Thing is a beautifully written narrative that I couldn’t put down. It tells the story of Mia Kelly, an Ivy League graduate and classically trained pianist, who uproots her life when her father dies suddenly, and takes over the running of his Café in New […]

tidying July 20

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying by Marie Kondo. If you love living in an organised home but your personal space always seems to end up messy, this is a life-changing book for you to read. Marie has written a hugely popular and successful book based on her business of helping people to organise their homes. […]

Book of lies July 18

The Book of Lies

The Book of Lies by James Moloney. Post by Brooke Hawthorn. When I first picked up “The Book of Lies”, I was captivated from the first chapter. The adventure on which our main characters embark is exciting and with so many secrets and half-truths, the story is compelling to the very last page. When a […]

where trees were July 12

Where the Trees Were by Inga Simpson

Reviewed by Susan I would describe this book as a ‘love song to the landscape’,  as it so evocatively describes the characters’ relationships with it, as if the landscape itself has a personality. Written alternately from the perspective of Jay as a teenager and then as a young woman, the novel traverses the country of Western […]

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Reading diary: May and June

More graphic novels than you could sensibly shake a mallet at

revenge cold river July 11

Revenge in a Cold River by Anne Perry

  Posted by Neen I find that Anne Perry’s books are a bit like a box of good chocolates – you just can’t stop at one, which is why I had to read Revenge in a Cold River. It’s no. 22 in the William Monk series, and I’ve read all the others. Her meticulous research, complex plots, and […]

The Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding.  This is a beautiful tale of love and family centred around the events of a mother and daughter in the city of Nagasaki before and after the atomic bomb exploded and decimated the city in 1944. Jackie Copleton has perfectly captured the quiet humility and restrained nature of her characters as […]

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