November 21

Your life in my hands – a junior doctor’s story by Rachel Clarke

Your life in my hands –  by Rachel Clarke ‘I am a junior doctor. It is 4 a.m. I have run arrest calls, treated life-threatening bleeding, held the hand of a young woman dying of cancer, scuttled down miles of dim corridors wanting to sob with sheer exhaustion, forgotten to eat, forgotten to drink, drawn […]

November 17

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo is a book that provokes strong and varying opinions from the reader. Awarded the Booker Prize winner for 2017 it is at once an annoying, frustrating, silly read, and at the same time totally provocative and intelligent, and a literary experience like no other. Set in 1862  it tells the story […]

November 15

A gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Shortly after the Russian Revolution, Count Alexander Rostov is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and into the elegant Hotel Metropol. Here, in an attic room that is blatantly demeaning to the social standing and culture of the count, he commences a life of house arrest. And so begins this wonderfully charming novel. […]

November 15

Extinctions by Josephine Wilson

Josephine Wilson won this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award for this novel. The judges described Extinctions as “compassionate and unapologetically intelligent…a meditation on survival: on what people carry, on how they cope, and on why they might, after so much putting their head in the sand, come to a decision to engage, and even change.” […]

November 13

Unquiet spirits by Bonnie MacBird

Holmes and Watson have returned to London from Dartmoor following the terrors of the moors, only to find Holmes fighting off a murderer with vengeance on his mind and in his heart. Just as quickly, another case presents with tales of kidnappings and ghosts that have terrorised the residents at McLaren castle in the Scottish […]

November 13

Hillbilly elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by V. D. Vance

  I chose this book for several reasons.  I am still trying to wrap my head around how Trump’s America sprang up. I only know the use of Hillbilly as a derogatory term for the people of the Appalachian Mountains. I am always interested in a story of people overcoming the odds to make a […]

November 10

Great Narrative Poems of the Nineteenth Century

I know I’m pushing the ball uphill to convince people to try narrative poetry, but let’s give it a shot! In the 19th Century, the way of showing you were a wordsmith on the modern pop hit level was to write long poems, with stories in them, about passionate people doing foolish things. Many them […]

November 09

To a mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron

‘To a Mountain in Tibet’ by Colin Thubron takes you on a magical journey across the Himalayan ranges towards the world’s most sacred Mountain. This pilgrimage begins in Nepal winding its way through the majestic Himalayas connecting the reader to the inhabitants and beauty of the region ending at the spectacular lakes of Mount Kailas. […]

November 07

101 dilemmas for the armchair philosopher : such as is it okay to lie about liking a gift? / Eric Chaline.

101 dilemmas for the armchair philosopher : such as is it okay to lie about liking a gift? The book to answer all your ethical/moral dilemmas and questions from ‘is it okay to lie about liking a gift’ to ‘why does murder carry a heavier penalty than attempted murder?’ and much, much more. An intriguing, […]

November 05

The Witch of little Italy

If you are interested in magic realism, everyday magic and modern witches, then The Witch of little Italy by Suzanne Palmieri is for you! The Amore sisters are elderly residents in the Bronx. However they are not your everyday pensioners. The Amore sisters are blessed with the “sight”. They are “seers” of the truth. Enter […]