book-cover November 23

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

This novel has an authentic voice, and is enriched by an interesting internal dialogue for each of the characters, revealing their insecurities and social facades, their fears and their pride, arising from the tragedy of the death of Janie, and the less obviously consequential tragedies of emotional infidelity, insensitivity and domination and repression which rock […]

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Van Gogh: the Life by Steven Naifeh, Gregory White Smith

The bare bones of his story is the stuff of romance for an adoring public, but the reality, here portrayed so well, is only sad and devastating, leaving the reader bereft at the end, at the brilliance of his work and impossibility for him of finding rest until death.

HOME FIRES
Sundays, October 4 – November 8, 2015 at the special time of 8pm ET onMASTERPIECE on PBS

Episode OneSunday, October 4, 2015 at 8pm ETWith World War II imminent, the local Women’s Institute dissolves after Joyce resigns aspresident. Frances tries to revive the group with a jam-making project.

Shown: Samantha Bond as Frances Barden and Francesca Annis as Joyce Cameron

(C) ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE


This image may be used only in the direct promotion of MASTERPIECE. No other rights are granted. All rights are reserved. Editorial use only. November 18

Women as world war 2 draws near

Home Fires is an excellent, beautifully written six episode drama series that follows a group of admirable women as the threat of the second world war looms. The thought of war and each woman’s different feelings really draws you in as a viewer. The overall determination from the women not to be cowed by what war will mean to their lives is […]

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The Informant by Thomas Perry

The informant is a thriller and the third installment in the ‘Butcher’s Boy’ series by Thomas Perry. The assassin known as ‘Butcher’s Boy’ who made an enemy of the Mafia in the first 2 books in the series, is now married and living in England under the name Michael Schaeffer. While his career has been […]

Truly madly guilty November 17

Truely madly guilty by Liane Moriarty

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. Married Sam and Clementine have a wonderful but busy life- they also have two young daughters.Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine – a cellist – is busy preparing for an audition. So when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with […]

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Seinfeldia – A Book About Nothing

If you’re a fan of the greatest show ever to air on television, you should definitely check out Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Armstrong. Granted you might know a fair bit of the information already on these pages, if you’ve watched the Seinfeld DVDs with commentary going, or watched the extras also […]

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The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George This is a wonderful novel about a floating bookshop on the Seine and its unusual proprietor Monsieur Jean Perdu. Jean has a unique way of selling books, as he sees himself as a Literary Apothecary and prescribes books based on the customers emotional status at that time. Whether […]

book-cover October 17

The Husband’s Secret

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. What would you do if you stumbled across an envelope containing a letter from your partner stating that it was to be opened only in the event of their death? Your partner is healthy and alive. Would you be able to respect their wish or would curiosity get the […]

questions October 14

Questions of travel

The whole way through this long (oh by gosh it is especially, tediously long!) novel The Questions of Travel, I did not have questions of travel, I just had the one question “why am I reading this?” Firstly I LOVE to travel. I thought that this award winning book would be a delight. I was […]

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The Kitchen daughter

Ginny Selvaggio has always managed her quirks with strict parameters set out by her mother. She rationalises that she is “normal” by firmly reminding herself that normal does not in fact exist. Ginny does acknowledge that hiding in the walk in wardrobe with your hands shoved in your mum’s fluffy slippers is not quite standard […]