Category Archives: Book reviews

What we’ve been reading

knight May 25

Reading journal 3: fantasy fiction – urban, urbane and otherwise

Ah, fantasy fiction. If it’s not your thing you might like to skip this post because I am about to commence wallowing in tales of the supernatural, the fabulous, the enchanted and the arcane. These reviews are for some of the fantasy novels I’ve read so far this year. The longer I delay posting it the more […]

In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn

In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn by Natalie Gueninger and Sarah Morris. This book by Natalie Gueninger and Sarah Morris gives a wonderful historical account of the places where Anne Boleyn visited during her life-time. Wonderful chateaux in France, stately tudor mansions and beautiful lost palaces and majestic castles which hark back to an earlier […]

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 […]

fit2fat May 21


Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit: the Unexpected Lessons From Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose by Drew Manning with Brad Pierce. This book intrigued me because I felt that it was an example of someone who was willing to ‘walk a mile in someone else’s shoes’, that is, to ‘walk the walk and not […]

Regent’s Park by Paul Rabbitts

Regent’s Park : From Tudor Hunting Ground to the Present by Paul Rabbitts. I have enjoyed reading this wonderful book which tells the story of the development of Regent’s Park over time. This book gives fascinating insights into the decisions of the times and the workings of parliament and local bodies. A majestic park, which […]

alibi May 20

If you like Sue Grafton’s novels, you may like to try…

If you love the private eye mysteries with a woman sleuth written by the popular mystery author Sue Grafton, you might like to try:   Carol Higgins Clark for light, humorous, suspenseful mystery stories Janet Evanovich for a mystery narrated in the first person with a female central character and plenty of ‘smart-mouth’ dialog! Sandra Brown […]

miniaturist May 19

The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. Post by Kyla from the Local Studies library.   This book was selected from the library shelves because of its cover.  If you’re someone who loves miniatures, it’s impossible to walk past a book with an antique dollhouse on the cover. Amsterdam of the 1680s is brought to life as Nella […]

The Last ANZAC by Gordon Winch, illustrated by Harriet Bailey reviewed by Jill Smith

My Grand-daughter picked it out of literally hundreds of books on offer at her school library for Book Week on Grandparents day. This is a beautiful picture book with illustrations that show the story simply, while the words in big print make it easy to follow. James and his Dad are visiting Alec Campbell in […]

Sleeper and spindle cover May 19

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

I’d been meaning to read this for a while, but since we are interested in the Best Quests this month: time for some Neil Gaiman. Initially I didn’t like this book, because I misunderstood its audience. I thought it was a weak version of Angela Carter, with none of the viscous bite I was expecting. […]


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