Tag Archives: humour

May 24

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine : A Novel by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is certainly NOT completely fine. She lives in Glasgow, is about to turn 30 and has worked in the same office for nine years and  made no friends.  She has no social skills and has a disfiguring scar on her face and her work mates tease and taunt her mercilessly. While she may be […]

JO-KIN VS LORD TERRA Super Space Kids 2 by Karen Tyrrell reviewed by Jill Smith

Josh Atkins is happy at school. He is making friends and feeling good about himself. When he gets a message to rejoin the Super Space Kids team again he tries to ignore it. When Captain Nova turns up at school and tells him that he has to help save his younger sister Pandora. He will collect […]

July 12

Elsie and Ethelred (Series)

The Ethelred Tressider and Elsie Thirkettle series, by L. C. Tyler We first meet Ethelred Tressider and Elsie Thirkettle in “The Herring Seller’s Apprentice”. Ethelred is a second rate (third rate?) crime writer and Elsie is his literary agent. Ethelred is mild-mannered, easily taken in by a credible story, and apparently putty in the hands […]

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 […]

June 14

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A “Walk in the Woods” follows the adventures of Bill Bryson and his friend, Katz, both unfit, portly and poorly prepared, as they begin to trek the  2000 odd mile long Appalachian Trail in North America. Adding to the degree of difficulty, the pair are burdened with packs carrying their supplies, warm clothing, rain gear […]

December 23

Skipping Christmas

If you want a light-hearted, funny Christmas story, look no further than John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas. When the Kranks daughter, Blair, leaves for Peru to join the Peace Corps, her father decides to skip Christmas this year. After crunching the numbers, Luther Krank works out they had spent $6000 on the previous Christmas, so suggests he […]

December 16

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

The girl who saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. Post by Kyla. This book was bought on a whim based on its outstandingly bright cover design. As soon as the first page was turned I fell in love with its light humorous style that made the most dreadful situations experienced by the characters […]

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

Author Vaseem Khan first saw the elephant that inspired The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra during a trip to Mumbai almost 20 years before writing this, his debut novel. We meet the title character, Inspector Chopra, in the modern city of Mumbai  on the day that he is forced into early retirement from the police force. This is […]

Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley

Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley Izzy Dane works for a women’s charity in India and is returning to England to get married.   She is engaged to Kieran and having spent very little time together discovers she has made a mistake.  Izzy breaks their engagement and returns to her childhood village of Halfhidden to live […]

The 100-year-old-man who climbed out the window and disappeared Book Club discussion questions

The One-Hundred-year-old-man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits.  **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: Jonas Jonasson’s debut novel The One hundred year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared is a rollicking comedy of errors. […]