Author Archives: shirl

cousin rachel October 09

My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier. Post by Jenni. Deliciously suspenseful and ambiguous, this is a fabulous exercise in uncertainty, employing the unreliable narrator as a tool for our doubts. Philip is a limited, misogynistic, sheltered young man of 24 who has lived with his confirmed bachelor uncle, Ambrose, all through the life he remembers, […]

half king October 08

Half a King

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. Post by Kyla. If you like your fantasy fiction set in harsh environments and covered with sea spray, snow or dirt this is the book for you. Prince Yarvi is born disfigured in a world where the inability to wield a sword sees him doomed in the eyes of […]

company cowards October 07

In the company of Cowards

In the company of Cowards by Michael Mori . Post by Jenni. A surprisingly readable book for teenagers – to be highly recommended for any students who might be considering the Law as a career. Mori does tend to get bogged down in describing the legal obfuscations he had to challenge in the second half […]

power hungry October 06

Power Hungry : the ultimate energy bar cookbook

Power Hungry by Camilla V. Saulsbury. This is one of those wonderful books which gets discovered and does the rounds, passed from person to person as recipes are tried, shared, and discussed. I first noticed it on the desk of a friend, and ordered my own copy…then discovered that she had done the same thing! […]

awakening prim October 05

The Awakening of Miss Prim

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera Post by Kyla. This book promised to tell the story of a literature loving young lady who is living out of step with the modern world and abandoning her depressing job in the city to live in a vintage rural utopia. It was a rainy long […]

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 […]


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