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My brilliant friend May 05

My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (translated from Italian by Anne Goldstein) Review by Jenni An interesting read, not surprisingly lauded by many readers. This novel captures the flawed, unconscious understandings of childhood – the petty and destructive competitions and jealousies which nevertheless drive important decisions, which reveal themselves when time is collapsed by adult eyes, […]

longbourne April 28

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Longbourn is the story of  Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the Bennet’s servants. While Elizabeth runs carefree through a muddy field, it is the servant, Sara, who has to wash her petticoats and remove the stains. When the girls are invited to parties it is the mysterious footman, James who takes them there and waits […]

eleanor and park April 27

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Post by Katie and Michele. Eleanor & Park is a young adult love story about two misfits set over one school year in 1986 in Omaha, Nebraska. Eleanor is the new kid in town and is bullied because she is overweight and a bit different. On the school bus she meets Park, a half-Korean high […]

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 […]

Dead Souls by Elsebeth Egholm

Dead Souls is the second book in the “Peter Boutrup” series by Danish author Elsebeth Egholm A young nun is pulled out of the moat at the convent in Djursland where Peter works as a carpenter. She has been garrotted and Peter was the last person to see her alive. At the same time during […]

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 […]

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 […]

the farm February 17

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

By Michele and Katie The farm by Tom Rob Smith is a psychological thriller that was inspired by events that happened in the author’s own life.  The story centres on Daniel, a twenty something who lives in London with his partner Mark. Daniel’s parents have recently moved to a remote farm in Sweden, his mother’s […]

The Dress February 16

The Dress by Kate Kerrigan

The Dress by Kate Kerrigan This book is a stunning read that transports you to the glamorous and privileged world of the 1950s socialite. Socialite Joy commissions “The Dress” to be created by an unknown designer Honor and by doing so ties their lives together in a way that they couldn’t have foreseen. Fast forward […]

book review February 15

Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

By Kezza G. Enduring Love is a novel by British writer Ian McEwan. The plot concerns two strangers who become dangerously entangled after witnessing a deadly accident. Joe planned a picnic in the English countryside to welcome his girlfriend back home after 6 weeks in the States. The perfect day turns to a nightmare when […]

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