Author Archives: Bibliophile

The Oracle of Stamboul

The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas is the most exquisite fairy tale of a novel. It is magical, atmospheric and divinely beautiful.  According to an ancient prophecy, dictated by a King on his deathbed, a child would be born who would be the Oracle of Stamboul and according to the midwife, who brought […]

The Things we keep

In The Things we keep by Sally Hepworth, the story is not always revealed in a linear presentation and sometimes the story can be momentarily confusing however this simply helps the reader to experience the general feeling of befuddlement, a sensation that dementia sufferers are only too familiar with. Anna finds herself adjust from being […]

sandalwood December 23

The Sandalwood Tree

The Sandalwood tree by Elle Newmark tells dual tales of Evie & Martin and Felicity & Adela. Set in 1947, Americans Evie and Martin Mitchell and their five year old son are living in an Indian village whilst historian Martin documents a country on the verge of partition. Rewind ninety three years to 1854 when […]

light December 21

The Light Between Oceans

The plan was conceived by despair, and birthed in remote isolation and anonymity. The lighthouse keeper and his wife live a Spartan life. Their wants and needs are relatively simple. That is until a small boat washes up on the remote Janus Island’s treacherous rocks. The occupants of the small vessel are a young baby, and […]

Roma

Roma: from prison to paradise as told by Rachel Syers and Karin Cox tells the life story of Gold Coaster Roma Blair. It would be easy to typecast the  iconic Roma Blair if you only knew of her ladies lunches, exorbitant birthday bashes, appearances at fashion events, prestigious gathers and in The Gold Coast Bulletin […]

questions October 14

Questions of travel

The whole way through this long (oh by gosh it is especially, tediously long!) novel The Questions of Travel, I did not have questions of travel, I just had the one question “why am I reading this?” Firstly I LOVE to travel. I thought that this award winning book would be a delight. I was […]

kitchen October 12

The Kitchen Daughter

Ginny Selvaggio has always managed her quirks with strict parameters set out by her mother. She rationalises that she is “normal” by firmly reminding herself that normal does not in fact exist. Ginny does acknowledge that hiding in the walk in wardrobe with your hands shoved in your mum’s fluffy slippers is not quite standard […]

bonesetters October 10

The Bonesetter’s Daughter

The Bonesetter’s daughter is a haunting Chinese tale that reveals family truths and secrets that had been seemingly hidden in the confused corridors of an Alzheimer’s sufferers mind. American born Ruth has always found her mother LuLing to be difficult, stubborn and unwilling to let go of her Chinese past. LuLing displays a reluctance to […]

JapaneseLover October 30

The Japanese lover

If you’re wishing to escape but cannot afford the plane passage then this book The Japanese lover by Rani Manicka might just be the ticket for you. Rich in cultural description, magic realism & mysticism with equal serves of hardship and sexual discovery. This is a strange mix to throw into the pot, and one in which […]

AnEqualMusic October 28

An Equal music

An Equal music by Vikram Seth is a novel where love and music perform together like a duet. An Equal music tells of the personal and professional relationships between Michael, a virtuoso violinist and Julia, a talented concert pianist. Ten years prior in Vienna they had been lovers, but Michael suffered a nervous breakdown and left […]