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November 15

A gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Shortly after the Russian Revolution, Count Alexander Rostov is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and into the elegant Hotel Metropol. Here, in an attic room that is blatantly demeaning to the social standing and culture of the count, he commences a life of house arrest. And so begins this wonderfully charming novel. […]

November 15

Extinctions by Josephine Wilson

Josephine Wilson won this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award for this novel. The judges described Extinctions as “compassionate and unapologetically intelligent…a meditation on survival: on what people carry, on how they cope, and on why they might, after so much putting their head in the sand, come to a decision to engage, and even change.” […]

November 13

Unquiet spirits by Bonnie MacBird

Holmes and Watson have returned to London from Dartmoor following the terrors of the moors, only to find Holmes fighting off a murderer with vengeance on his mind and in his heart. Just as quickly, another case presents with tales of kidnappings and ghosts that have terrorised the residents at McLaren castle in the Scottish […]

November 13

Hillbilly elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by V. D. Vance

  I chose this book for several reasons.  I am still trying to wrap my head around how Trump’s America sprang up. I only know the use of Hillbilly as a derogatory term for the people of the Appalachian Mountains. I am always interested in a story of people overcoming the odds to make a […]

July 12

Elsie and Ethelred (Series)

The Ethelred Tressider and Elsie Thirkettle series, by L. C. Tyler We first meet Ethelred Tressider and Elsie Thirkettle in “The Herring Seller’s Apprentice”. Ethelred is a second rate (third rate?) crime writer and Elsie is his literary agent. Ethelred is mild-mannered, easily taken in by a credible story, and apparently putty in the hands […]

Dregs by Jørn Lier Horst

It’s definitely time to celebrate with the emergence of another elite Nordic crime writer with a powerful and authentic protagonist. Police Inspector William Wisting is head of crime investigations in Larvik, Norway. His latest case has the reader immersed in the randomness of clues from the start as severed feet start washing up on beaches […]

July 10

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Just a small book of 179 pages but just delightful. It was quite nice to have a small book to enjoy, an afternoon’s read. Two lonely people in their 70’s have an amiable relationship but family and friends intercede to test the relationship and cause anguish. Addie Moore and Louis Waters have been neighbours for years. They […]

July 10

The Mountain Story by Lori Larsens

  The Mountain Story by Lori Larsens This moving story is told in flashback, as a father recounts to his son an extraordinary tale of survival by four people stranded on a mountain. Over their 5 day ordeal an indelible bond forms between the four as each in turn relates the reasons for their ill-fated […]

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead This harrowing, imaginative novel of a part of America’s darker history is both powerful and exhilarating. We follow Cora, a young slave in Georgia, pre-Civil War. Life is full of despair and hopelessness until Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia encourages her to flee with him along the Underground […]

A Corpse at St Andrew’s Chapel – A Hugh De Singleton mystery

A medieval murder mystery by Mel Starr set in the 14th Century and the second novel in the Hugh De Singleton Chronicles. Alan, the beadle of the manor of Bampton, had gone out at dusk to seek those who might violate curfew. When, the following morning, he had not returned home, his young wife Matilda […]