Author Archives: shirl

between wolf and dog December 08

Between a Wolf and a Dog

Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain. Post by Robne55. In the world of books today it often seems that authors are continually trying to outdo each other. Bigger stories, better plot-lines, more complicated characters – think Stephen King, or James Patterson. All extraordinary things happening to ordinary people. What would happen if […]

closed-casket December 07

Closed Casket

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie. Post by Robyne55. Of course this book is not written by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie because Agatha Christie died a long time ago. However, it appears Sophie Hannah has Ms. Christie’s divine guidance in the writing of this Hercule Poirot mystery. It has become fashionable to […]

Thursdays children December 06

Thursday’s Children

Thursday’s Children by Nikki French. Post by Sandra Taylor. A  psychological thriller which is quite compelling to read. A crime is perpetrated many years previously on a teenage girl and later the same crime is committed in a similar set of circumstances on another young girl. This book deals with the anxiety, the loss of […]

The Shadow Queen

The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland. Post by Sandra Taylor.   This wonderful novel by celebrated author Sandra Gulland of The Josephine Trilogy tells the complex tale of the early years of the life of Claude des Oeillets.  This is a great novel which I enjoyed reading. Claude des Oeillets was a personal assistant to […]

The Last Duchess

The Last Duchess by Jenny Barden. Post by Sandra Taylor. The Last Duchess by Jenny Barden is a wonderful descriptive novel of early tudor England and the very different conditions encountered by the early settlers at Ronoake Island in the New World.  The story follows the adventures of Emme, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I […]

No Man’s Nightingale

No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendell Post by Sandra Taylor. A mystery novel by Ruth Rendell.  This novel appeals on many levels.  It is a fascinating insight into human foibles, prejudices and characteristics. A retired detective assists a friend, who  has replaced him, in solving the mystery of a murder of a  vicar who had […]

shadow year September 28

A Shadow Year.

A Shadow Year by Hannah Richell. Post by Sandra Taylor. I enjoyed reading  “A Shadow Year”  by Hannah Richell.  A group of young people decide to turn their backs on convention and society for a year and live out their dreams in an abandoned cottage In the wilds of the Peak District in England.  Living […]

quiet power September 27

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking

Quiet:  the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain Post by Caroline Podd. This book is a must read for anybody who has been told “speak up”, “come out of your shell” and “you’re too quiet”.  Susan Cain celebrates the characteristics that introverts bring to society.  She discusses how […]

Tales about gardens for children

Tales About Gardens by Dr Richard Whitlow. Dr Richard Whitlow is a gardener from the Gold Coast in Australia who has written a lovely new series of books designed to answer the questions which kid’s ask about the things around them and how they work, such as ‘why is the sky blue’, and, ‘what makes […]

Book poem

I loved this poem by Beris Carr, who attended the Versatility event at the Upper Coomera library.   Dearly Beloved, I’ve lost some friends I truly cherished For whom I’ve greatly sorrowed These friends aren’t humans who Have perished They’re Books that humans borrowed.