Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

Silent predator

by Tony Park Last year I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Australian author Tony Park at my local library. Tony spoke about why he is so passionate about living in South Africa and his inspirations for writing stories set there. I was captivated and decided to read one of his books. I chose Silent Predator. I was […]

Tips for your next read by email?

If you enjoy reading our reviews, sign up (if you haven’t already) for monthly emails of our librarians’ suggestions for your next read, including recent releases? We have emails for each of the genre categories covered by book coasters: Popular Fiction Biography & Travel Fantasy & Science Fiction Historical Fiction Mystery & Thriller Romance See […]

Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley

If you have ever wanted to live on a quaint English farm, slob around in gumboots and gather eggs, then this is the romance for you!  Appleby Farm is the wonderful continuation of Ivy Lane by Cathy Bramley.  Set in the Cumbrian Hills of the Lake District is this idyllic farm, home to Aunt Sue […]

ipp April 19

What’s your favourite classic? Tell us and win

You could be celebrating the classics, because we’ve got a six-pack of Penguin Classics up for grabs – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Now there’s a mixture. For your chance […]

Wuthering Heights April 19

Cathy and Heathcliff – a wicked love story

The dark, gothic tale, Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë has always been at the top of my list of favourite classics. Wuthering Heights follows the passionate and twisted relationship between Catherine Earnshaw, and orphan Heathcliff, who was adopted as a young boy by Catherine’s father. Although they are raised together, Heathcliff and Catherine form a deep affection for each […]

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On the Origin of Species

Darwin is one of those authors people pretend to have read, and speak as though they have grasped his fundamental point, when instead they are just expanding on a caricature that clouds about his book.  His idea, which was revolutionary at the time (although, even he points out, not original) was that species are created […]

Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie

My Mum is a mad Agatha Christie fan. She almost has the full collection of titles and reads and re-reads them often. As such, whenever we watch a crime show, she picks the killer within the first 10 minutes. I’ve never been much of a crime fiction fan myself, but after reading Death on the […]

Great_Fire_London April 12

The Diary of Samuel Pepys : so rich I couldn’t think of a subtitle

So, for the Reader’s Season I can see that people are mostly going for fiction: time to stand up for some fantastic non-fiction. On the First of January, 1660, a minor government functionary in London began a diary, and kept to his writing for ten years. In the million words which followed, he charted great […]

Group of children sitting on the grass reading books 19001910 SLQ April 08

Curl up with a classic

21st April 2016 is the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, so it’s timely to rediscover some of the great authors of English literature.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

by Claire North Wow. When someone at my book club recommended this I was less than excited, it was described as a science fiction time travel meets end of the world novel. Not really my genres. However from page one I was hooked. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August  is so clever, it is […]


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