Month: January 2016

Book Review – Fates and Furies

by Lauren Groff (William Heinemann) ISBN 9781785150159  This is the story of Lotto and Mathilde’s marriage. It is an elaborately, deliberately written book about how partners in marriage can only know ‘the other’ they are permitted to see. We cannot experience their past lives, and…

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Literary Birthday – 31 January – Laura Lippman

Happy Birthday, Laura Lippman, born 31 January 1959 Seven Quotes There's always time to read. Don't trust a writer who doesn't read. It's like eating food prepared by a cook who doesn't eat. All life is hindsight, really, stories informed by their endings. There are,…

Book Review – Katy

by Jacqueline Wilson (Puffin Books) ISBN: 978-0-141-35399-9  Katy is the latest offering from award-winning children and young adult author Jacqueline Wilson. She retells Susan Coolidge’s children’s classic What Katy Did, adding her own touch of wisdom to her reinvented ending. Wilson deals with more difficult…

Book Review – Wine, Women and Good Hope

A History of Scandalous Behaviour at the Cape by June McKinnon (Zebra Press) ISBN 9781770229860  In this beautifully-researched book historical figures come alive. Their family names belong to our parents and grandparents. The race for diamonds forced people to live in Kimberley. The Witwatersrand crawled with gold…

Book Review – The Shepherd’s Crown

by Terry Pratchett (DoubleDay) ISBN 9780857534811 The last of the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett resolves the remaining stories in the decades old saga of the Discworld’s witches. The comedy of Discworld has always been about how the common and stupid of the world frustrates…

Book Review – The Forgetting Time

by Sharon Guskin (Mantle) ISBN: 978 1 5098 0679 9  What a captivating and intriguing read. The Forgetting Time  caught my attention straight away. The simple description “Noah is four and wants to go home. The only trouble is, he’s already home” pulled me right…