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Book Review – Born A Crime

by Trevor Noah (Macmillan) ISBN: 139781770105065 Comedians are storytellers and some are better at it than others. Trevor Noah is a consummate teller of tales whose thoughtful comedy routines are carefully plotted and set up before he delivers the punch line. He seldom resorts to slapstick,…

Book Review – Nutshell

by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape) ISBN 9781911214335  As a big fan of Ian McEwan, well-known author of Atonement (film won Golden Globe), Amsterdam (Booker Prize), and The Children Act  to name a few, I was looking forward to his newest book. And yes, he did…

Book Review – The Ice Lands

by Steinar Bragi (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781447298816  Set in Reykjavik, The Ice Lands tells the story of four friends. Egill, Hrafn, Anna and Vigdis who decide to go on a camping trip to regroup and recover from a very difficult year.  As they leave behind the…

Book Review – Feminist Fight Club

by Jessica Bennett (Penguin) ISBN: 978-0062439789 I love a book written by a journalist. You will always get exactly what you are promised with a healthy dose of real-world. This book is exactly what Bennett means it to be; an office survival manual for a…

Book Review – Tall Oaks

by Chris Whitaker (Twenty7) ISBN: 978-1-78577-030-2 Tall Oaks is a small American town where three-year-old Harry mysteriously disappears. His mother, Jess, is mad with worry, desperately reaching out to Harry’s absent father for support.  In Tall Oaks, everyone knows everyone but not everyone’s business is…

Book Review – The Fireman

by Joe Hill (Gollancz) ISBN: 9780575130722  A new disease is destroying mankind - an incurable spore that kills by causing spontaneous combustion in the host. There is no cure for Dragonspore, and once you have the mark, it’s only a matter of time before the…

Book Review – Adam’s Navel

by Michael Sims (Penguin) ISBN: 9780141003610  Adam's Navel is a fascinating book that looks at the human body as it is portrayed in literature, mythology, commonly used phrases, biology, history and psychology.  The author's interest in the human body is that there are both commonalities…

Book Review – The Face On The Cutting-Room Floor

Who Is Cameron McCabe? by Cameron McCabe (Picador Classic) ISBN 9781509829811 1933. London. Cameron McCabe is editing a film involving a love triangle. The director has instructed him to edit out an aspiring actress, Estella Lamare. She becomes the face on the cutting room floor.…

Book Review – The Steel Kiss

by Jeffery Deaver (Hodder & Stoughton) ISBN: 9781473618480  Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are old friends of mine. I have been reading their stories for a number of years. This one begins with a gory death, while Sachs is chasing down Unsub 40. But is it an…

Book Review – The Bedside Ark

by David Muirhead (Penguin) ISBN: 9781775844617  This is a wildlife book unlike any other. The author, David Muirhead, a long-time English writer and journalist, explores 42 of Southern Africa’s creatures. He details their habits and lifestyles, and manages to over-exaggerate their traits and reputations in…