Author Archives: Jules

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 […]

July 08

Maggie O’Farrell is spot on.

I picked up Maggie O’Farrell’s latest book from the Hot Read stand on recommendation from a colleague and then realised I had read and loved one of her previous books “The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox”.  Reading a Maggie O’Farrell book isn’t going to change your life but it is an absorbing and enjoyable experience.  […]

May 16

A Little Life has a big impact

A Little Life has had rave reviews from almost every literary publication you pick up as well as being recommended by The Tuesday Night Book Club.  I won’t attempt to compete with these reviews here – you can read them online – but I will give you my personal take on this book. A Little […]

May 11

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark

Meet Sophie Stark.  Sophie Stark stole her name from a photograph she saw of a woman she liked the look of when she was 14 years old.  Sophie Stark is probably on the Autism Spectrum.  Sophie Stark has many admirers but few friends.  Sophie Stark reminds me of Lisbeth Salander – the computer hacker from the Girl with the Dragon […]

February 26

Landline book club discussion questions

Landline by Rainbow Rowell is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ book club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers.** This is light entertainment but enjoyable reading for the Christmas break when you may not be able to concentrate on a more intricate plot.   Synopsis: Georgie is staying in Los […]

Station Eleven – sci-fi for the rest of us

I don’t know why, but I have never been attracted to science fiction – until recently that is.  A few months back I read The Martian by Andy Weir which was a great read.  It is being made into a film starring Matt Damon and should be pretty good although I’m not sure how they […]

December 23

A Disturbing Tale from Sharon Bolton

Review by SkaryMary at Robina               A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton [also known as S.J.Bolton] An extremely disturbing tale featuring Detective Lacey Flint.  Gruesome crimes are a feature of Bolton’s work and her latest crime thriller is no exception. Lacey has stepped down as a detective […]

November 07

104 in 52 …continued

30. When Tito Loved Clara  – Jon Michaud.   An insight into the world of Dominicans who have immigrated to New York for the money and opportunities but want to hold on to their traditions and lifestyle.  I know nothing about the Dominican community in New York and this was an easy way in to another […]

October 06

More quick overviews of what I have been reading

26. Adultery – Paulo Coelho  –  I have seen Paulo Coelho’s books around for many years and he seems very popular so I was surprised and disappointed that I really did not enjoy this book.  I was reading it for my book club so I persevered until the end.  The main character, who is female, […]

September 19

104 in 52 (or what I have been reading lately).

22. Left Neglected – Lisa Genova.   I was reminded of Lisa Genova recently when I read that her very successful novel Still Alice was going to be made into a movie.  Still Alice is the story of a intelligent and successful professor who acquires early onset Alzheimers.  The story is a powerful and moving account of […]