Author Archives: Bibliophile

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 […]

MrMacAndMe October 26

Mr Mac and Me

I had the great pleasure of hearing author Esther Freud speak about her book Mr Mac and Me during the 2015 Adelaide Writers’ Week. This literary festival offers attendees the opportunity to sit under the shady trees at the edge of the Torrens River, in the heart of the city and be surprised, delighted and […]

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 […]