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Book Review – Plague Child

by Peter Ransley (Harper) ISBN 978-0-00-731236-8 "As they lifted her skirt, they saw the baby hanging half out. They called for the cart to take it away.' The plague babies died a slow death in lime which ate their bodies away. But Mathew Neave, the…

Book Review – This Way Up

by Paige Nick (Penguin) ISBN: 978-0-14-352755-8 Paige Nick is a regular columnist for the Lifestyle section of the Sunday Times. This Way Up is her second novel. The story bumbles along. Conservative Stella dreams of becoming a feature writer. She wants to escape the Dr Dee column…

Book Review – Noon

by Aatish Taseer (Picador) ISBN: 9780330540414 When a book is endorsed by V.S. Naipul it raises high expectations, but Noon was not as unforgettable and compelling as I hoped it would be. The novel describes four episodes of the narrator’s life from 1989 to 2011.…

Book Review – All The Hopeful Lovers

All The Hopeful Lovers by William Nicholson (Quercus) ISBN 978-1-84916-390-3 It's called nothing - just a moment. Tom loves Belinda but he was unfaithful to her. The moment causes misery in their marriage. She never knew he was a liar and now she knows it for…

Book Review – Fallen

by Karin Slaughter (Random House) ISBN 978-1-8460-5795-3 Expecting to find her mother home minding her new baby daughter, Emma, Faith is horrified to find her baby locked in the shed. Her mother, Evelyn, is missing; the safe is open, her gun missing and a trail…

Book Review – Bloodline

by Lynda la Plante (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 978 0857 201812 Inspector Anna Travis, still haunted by the murder of her fiancé, takes on an investigation that, on the surface, looks like a missing person’s case.  Alan Rawlins was a loving son and boyfriend. He…

Book Review – Unbearable Lightness

by Portia de Rossi (Simon & Schuster) ISBN 978 0 85820 411 0 Amanda Rogers, who renamed herself Portia de Rossi, faces her demons with anorexia. She literally falls apart during her first leading role in a Hollywood film. Ever keen for the limelight, in…

Book Review – Limitless

by Alan Glynn (faber and faber) ISBN: 978 0 571 27334 8 The book has superhottie Bradley Cooper in a slick suit on the cover, so of course it grabbed my attention. Formerly titled The Dark Fields, this Irish author’s 2001 debut novel has been reissued…

Book Review – Passion

by Lauren Kate (Doubleday) ISBN 978 03856 1808 3 Los Angeles-based author Lauren Kate is the internationally bestselling creator of the wildly popular Fallen series. Passion is the third in the quartet of romantic paranormal novels aimed at young adults. Ethereally dark and exquisitely beautiful…

Book Review – Harvest: Recipes From An Organic Farm

by Christine Stevens (Jacana) ISBN: 978-1-77009-594-6 Christine Stevens has a life many corporate workers will envy. She lives on a farm that provides her with a rustic lifestyle and organic vegetables. The pictures in this cookbook reflect the easy living and the healthy bodies of…
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