Author Archives: bananas

May 24

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine : A Novel by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is certainly NOT completely fine. She lives in Glasgow, is about to turn 30 and has worked in the same office for nine years and  made no friends.  She has no social skills and has a disfiguring scar on her face and her work mates tease and taunt her mercilessly. While she may be […]

May 23

Knitted Hats and Beanies by Jenny Occleshaw

Knitted Hats and Beanies by Jenny Occleshaw. Winter is finally here and it’s time to break out those knitting needles. Here at Elanora library we have been madly knitting poppies for the poppy project, but after making over a hundred of those I felt like branching out and knitting something new! We have lots of great […]

May 22

Home Fire : by Shamsie, Kamila

Home Fire : Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2017 by Shamsie, Kamila. What an engaging book and so relevant to today’s world.  It perfectly illustrates the difficult situation in Britain for Muslim citizens in the current political climate.  I found it very readable – which can’t be said for all Man Booker Prize winners.  […]

May 22

Kin by Snorri Kristjansson

Kin by Snorri Kristjansson In my opinion there is nothing better than getting involved in a good historical novel, that is of course unless it is an historical mystery novel. To add to the intrigue the novel is set in Viking times in 970. It is a dark, lively tale that involves members of a […]

May 21

Stella and Margie / Glenna Thomson

  Stella and Margie is Australian novelist Glenna Thomson’s second novel.   I’m not usually a big fan of Australian fiction – don’t get me started on Tim Winton – but I really enjoyed this book. Set on a cattle property in rural Australia, the novel explores the  relationships between various members of a farming family. […]

April 27

Tiger in the Well, Phillip Pullman.

Tiger in the Well, Phillip Pullman.   A brilliant, suspenseful can’t stop reading until the end kind of tale. Single mother, Sally Lockhart, has a very young daughter called Harriet and they live in a house with close friends who are away on expedition in South America. Trouble starts one day when “divorce papers” are […]

April 26

Manhattan Beach / Jennifer Egan

      Manhattan Beach / Jennifer Egan   I had pretty high expectations of this book as it was recommended by someone whose opinion I highly value. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed – I enjoyed the book, but it was good not great, and as per usual these days a pretty […]

April 25

How to be happy by Eva Woods

“How to be happy” by Eva Woods. Two strangers meet at the hospital. Annie has had a crappy run at life and is the personification of misery. Polly on the other hand is battling cancer but is vibrant and optimistic. She wants to die well, and embarks on a mission, a happiness project, to help […]

April 23

The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood   A disturbing dystopia set in the near future where misguided mysogynistic  religious zealots have taken over America, or “Gilead” as it now known, thinking they can right the wrongs of society by returning to the “old values”. Women have become less than chattels are no longer allowed to […]

March 22

Tin man / Sarah Winman

Tin man / Sarah Winman   A good short book is a thing of beauty – you can read them in one gulp or savour at your leisure. For such a short book Tin Man covers a lot of complex issues and is beautifully crafted and written. I had difficulty categorising this book – it is […]