Author Archives: Bibliophile

Most beautiful walk in the world

Expat John Baxter finds himself in the role of being tour guide of walking tours in the streets of Paris. He vows to make his tours anything but perfunctory. He aims to take his fellow pedestrians on The Most beautiful walk in the world. If you’re looking for the standard traipse around the tourist traps […]

The Sultan’s seal

The Sultan’s seal by Jenny White is ultimately a “who-done-it?” novel. What makes this mystery novel so interesting though is the author’s rich descriptions and historic detail that is augmented by lavish depiction of the cultural situation. With abundant descriptions of the clothes, social customs, religious etiquette and social unrest as new ideals of European […]

Conditions of faith

For the 1920s woman, marriage and motherhood were a fairly natural progression. For Emily Stanton, the heroine of Conditions of faith,  life becomes somewhat complicated when her clear path becomes complicated by pursuing other interests. Emily meets and marries Scottish engineer Georges, who has devoted his adulthood to designing the great bridge that ambitiously aims […]

The Snow child

The Snow child is the debut novel of Eowyn Ivey. Set in the harsh, non-forgiving frontier of Alaska in the 1920s. It tells the story of Jack and Mabel a childless couple who relocate to Alaska to try their hand on the land. Accompanied by unspoken grief the couple struggle in Alaska. Jack with a sense […]

The Other side of paradise

The Other side of paradise by Margaret Mayhew is a light read. Set just prior and during the fall of Singapore, the novel tells the story of well-to-do-privileged Susan Roper and her family. Susan lives in a colonial bubble enjoying pretty clothes, parties, socialising and flirting with young lads and frequent marriage proposals. She meets a young […]

A Secret kept

The cover of the book  A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay attracted my attention. Not to mention the chance of learning a secret! Who isn’t interested in a salacious well kept secret?Antoine is a forty-something, disappointed and disillusioned with life. He is separated from his wife and has troubles with his kids. When his […]

The Margaret Thatcher school of beauty

The Margaret Thatcher school of beauty by Marsha Mehran tells the stories of a collective of exiled immigrants that form a friendly, supportive community in Buenos Aires. The common factor that unites them all is the revolution in their homeland and a love of Iranian poetry.  This novel is carefully constructed and woven with beautiful […]

About Grace

After loving Anthony Doerr’s masterpiece novel All the light you cannot see, I was eager to experience his prior works. About Grace is beautifully written, but an intensively slow read. A tale told in highly intricate descriptive prose. About Grace tells the story of a man called David Winkler. Winkler is a hydrologist, with a fascination for snowflakes. […]

Books, baguettes and bedbugs : the Left Bank world of Shakespeare and Company

Although Books, baguettes and bedbugs is a traveler’s tale is set at the famous Shakespeare and Company book shop, it is not THE Shakespeare and Co. established by Sylvia Beach. Shakespeare and Co. as portrayed in this book, is operated by George Whitman (no relationship to Walt Whitman). Whitman has run the store since 1951.  After […]

“Every hour, someone for whom the war was a memory falls out of this world”

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr “A diamond is only a piece of carbon compressed in the bowels of the earth for eons and driven to the surface in a volcanic pipe” (Page 109)  however can you imagine a 133 carat diamond? A giant blue diamond dubbed the Sea of Flames. A […]


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