Tag Archives: humour

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. […]

Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore

Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan Post by Kyla. Out of work and with employment standards that lessen as his desperation grows, Clay Jannon starts a new job in a book store unlike any other. Towards the front of the store is a small collection of contemporary books, however the rear of the store […]

Choose a book by its cover? Absolutely!

Three authors I’ve never heard of. Three books I wasn’t particularly looking for. But … three covers that grabbed my attention and three titles promising pure escapism? Yes please! The Perfect Location by Kate Forster This Australian author loves all things pop culture, and this is her first novel. On the movie set of The […]