Tag Archives: fiction

The Other side of paradise

The Other side of paradise by Margaret Mayhew is a light read. Set just prior and during the fall of Singapore, the novel tells the story of well-to-do-privileged Susan Roper and her family. Susan lives in a colonial bubble enjoying pretty clothes, parties, socialising and flirting with young lads and frequent marriage proposals. She meets a young […]

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw Retired Police Inspector Auguste Jovert and the former Professor of Law, Tadashi Omura meet in Paris and exchange tales about their lives. Omura’s former friend, Katsuo Ikeda, is also a central character and is exposed as a  brilliant and selfish writer.    The Snow Kimono is also a tale about […]

A Secret kept

The cover of the book  A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay attracted my attention. Not to mention the chance of learning a secret! Who isn’t interested in a salacious well kept secret?Antoine is a forty-something, disappointed and disillusioned with life. He is separated from his wife and has troubles with his kids. When his […]

The Margaret Thatcher school of beauty

The Margaret Thatcher school of beauty by Marsha Mehran tells the stories of a collective of exiled immigrants that form a friendly, supportive community in Buenos Aires. The common factor that unites them all is the revolution in their homeland and a love of Iranian poetry.  This novel is carefully constructed and woven with beautiful […]

About Grace

After loving Anthony Doerr’s masterpiece novel All the light you cannot see, I was eager to experience his prior works. About Grace is beautifully written, but an intensively slow read. A tale told in highly intricate descriptive prose. About Grace tells the story of a man called David Winkler. Winkler is a hydrologist, with a fascination for snowflakes. […]

Trash

Trash by Andy Mulligan I loved this raw emotional book set in the slums of an unnamed country that could easily be any third world country. It is far removed from the tourist strip and is told through multiple narrators. It follows the lives of 3 dumpsite children, Raphael, Gardo and Rat, as they sort through the […]

The Girl on the train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is yet another psychological thriller likened to Gone Girl. The comparison is really only accurate insofar as they are both psychological thrillers, and both excellent novels. Rachel – the titular girl on the train – is somewhat of a train wreck: divorced, alcoholic and on a downward […]

Grace’s table

 To commemorate becoming a septuagenarian Grace’s table bustles with the presence of twelve guests. As family and close friends share a birthday meal to celebrate Grace’s grand milestone, memories and recollections occupy Grace’s thoughts and a disturbing undercurrent of simmering angst begins to boil to the surface amongst the family. Her son is there with […]

Ocean Child by Tamara McKinley

Ocean Child is set in the 1920’s; its about Lulu Pearson, who, as a young girl, was taken from Tasmania back to England by her aging Aunt. However, there is a family secret – a scandal which is revealed through the current life of Lulu, and the reminiscences of her elderly Aunt Clarice. Lulu’s future […]

The Strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender

The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender is a beguiling journey into magic realism. Those readers who identify what it is like to be different and a little exceptional will understand the magic of this novel. The Strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender is like a traditional fairytale, combined with myth, mixed with […]

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