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where trees were July 12

Where the Trees Were by Inga Simpson

Reviewed by Susan I would describe this book as a ‘love song to the landscape’,  as it so evocatively describes the characters’ relationships with it, as if the landscape itself has a personality. Written alternately from the perspective of Jay as a teenager and then as a young woman, the novel traverses the country of Western […]

revenge cold river July 11

Revenge in a Cold River by Anne Perry

  Posted by Neen I find that Anne Perry’s books are a bit like a box of good chocolates – you just can’t stop at one, which is why I had to read Revenge in a Cold River. It’s no. 22 in the William Monk series, and I’ve read all the others. Her meticulous research, complex plots, and […]

Pciture of The Uncommon Reader July 04

The Uncommon Reader

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett The Uncommon Reader has been written by the Tony Award winning playwright and author Alan Bennett. Bennett has been brought into the spotlight more recently by the movie “The Lady in the Van”. The Uncommon Reader takes us on a literary journey with the Queen of England. The Queen […]

book cover June 16

Colossus By Colin Falconer

 Post by Kezza G. This is an alternate history that features Alexander the Great and his campaign to rule the world. Majestic, enormous and confrontational, Colossus is a war elephant, drafted into the army of Alexander the Great as he pillages and plunders entire cities in his quest to be the ultimate and only ruler of […]

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 […]

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