Author Archives: shirl

Mr Wigg August 02

Mr Wigg

Mr Wigg by Inga Simpson. Post by Natalie Set in country Australia in the 1970s, this is a beautiful story about Mr Wigg, an elderly man who lost his wife almost a year ago and lives alone on what remains of the family farm. He spends his days working in the orchard, cooking and preserving […]

mobile library August 01

The Mobile Library

Mobile Library by David Whitehouse. Post by Kyla.   If you like travelling libraries and quirky characters, ‘Mobile Library’ is certainly worth picking up. It starts with a cliff hanger, quite literally, and then quickly takes the reader back in time to learn exactly how a mobile library came to be perched on the edge […]

fear sunlight July 31

Fear in the Sunlight

Fear in the Sunlight by Nicola Upson. Post by Robyn55. Readers of Fear in the Sunlight must first understand that Nicola Upson is a fiction writer – however, her book does portray real people. In this novel they are Josephine Tey, and Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville. This is such a clever book […]

outliers July 31


Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Post by Jenni. This book is another thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating amble down the corridors of society and individuals: of culture and its unexpected effects on achievement and society; of individual talent versus circumstance. Gladwell completely debunks our counterproductive tendency to deify our high achievers and hero worship them as examples […]

flat out love July 30

Flat Out Love

Flat Out Love by Jessica Park Post by Belinda. Genre: Young Adult Flat Out Love follows the lives of the Watkins family and the main protagonist Julie Seagle.  Julie moves in with the Watkins after her college housing falls through and is invited to stay by Erin Watkins, her Mother’s old college roommate.  The story then […]

Spool blue thread July 29

A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Post by David.   Like a spool of thread, Anne Tyler winds her stories about a blue-eyed family through generations.  It’s the story of a house and a home as much as anything else.  Chronologically, the story begins with the building of a perfect house by the […]

lightning people July 28

Lightning People

Lightning people by Christopher Bollen. Post by Robyn55. I am thrilled to have ‘found’ Christopher Bollen. Lightning People is his debut novel. He has since written his second – Orient (I can’t wait to read that!) However, back to Lightning People, which follows the life of five people: Dell, Joseph, William, Madi and Raj. These […]

cats pajamas July 27

2 A.M. at the cat’s pajamas

2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino Post by Kyla from Local Studies. You may need to read the first couple of pages a few times to grasp that the main character is a jazz singing cigarette smoking shoulder shimmying nine year old who has recently lost her mother. While her father is […]

leaving time May 23

Leaving Time

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Post by Robyn55. What an exceptional, amazing, remarkable book! Now for all you budding writers out there, I know that over-use of adjectives can be a killer – but what can I say? Perhaps that Jodi Picoult has written a masterpiece… I will leave that up to you to decide. […]

charles May 22

Charles – the heart of a king

Charles : the heart of a king by Catherine Mayer. This is an unauthorised biography of the Prince of Wales, and received both publicity on it’s recent publication and considerable backlash from Clarence House. Perhaps this backlash is what decided me to delve into it’s secrets! In pre-publication interviews, Catherine Mayer clearly showed that she was willing to […]


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