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 […]

5 April 18

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 […]

You Are Dead by Peter James

You are Dead is my first Peter James novel, it is the 11th book in the Roy Grace series, but can be read as a standalone as many of the references to previous books are explained by the author. DI Roy Grace is recently married and a new father at the age of 40. Ten […]

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 […]

wasikowska-jane-eyre April 11

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. On impulse I decided to re-read this classic novel which I originally read as a teenager. A similar impulse to read Sense and Sensibility a couple of years ago was a disappointing experience, but this time I really did enjoy Jane Eyre … from which I had forgotten all but the […]

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 […]


Restoration by Olaf Olafsson This is a moving and unforgettable historical novel based in Italy during World War II.  The main character lives on a wonderfully self-contained, restored farm in Tuscany and there are frequent references to nearby villages and towns in Tuscany which brought back great memories for me of travelling there.  Alice and her husband lose […]


    The Wreckage by Michael Robotham is fifth in the Joseph O’Loughlin series of psychological thrillers by this talented Australian author. Again featuring Vincent Ruiz the retired detective and more of a cameo by Jo O’Loughlin the clinical psychologist, this is rather different from the others in the series.  Rather this one features a journalist in […]


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