Author Archives: Bibliophile

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 […]

Rome, twins, insomnia and the biggest funeral in the history of the world

Four seasons in Rome: on twins, insomnia and the biggest funeral in the history of the world by Anthony Doerr is part traveller’s tale and part personal memoir. Author, Anthony Doerr was notified by letter that he was being awarded a fellowship in literature at the American Academy in Rome, merely twelve hours after his […]

Grace’s table

 To commemorate becoming a septuagenarian Grace’s table bustles with the presence of twelve guests. As family and close friends share a birthday meal to celebrate Grace’s grand milestone, memories and recollections occupy Grace’s thoughts and a disturbing undercurrent of simmering angst begins to boil to the surface amongst the family. Her son is there with […]

The Strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender

The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender is a beguiling journey into magic realism. Those readers who identify what it is like to be different and a little exceptional will understand the magic of this novel. The Strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender is like a traditional fairytale, combined with myth, mixed with […]

Outback Aussie action at Cicada Springs

Cicada takes you to Cicada Springs a remote cattle station set amongst the wild, rugged, vast Kimberly region of Western Australia. Now add to that mental image, a white English heiress and her husband who arrived in the era of post WWI uncertainty. William and Emily are the heads of the station and masters of […]

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