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Book Review – A Gentleman In Moscow

by Amor Towles  (Hutchinson) ISBN: 9781786330383 A Gentleman In Moscow is glorious, sigh-inducing, beautiful, lyrical and just plain wonderful. Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in the Hotel Metropol by the Bolshevik Tribunal for being an unrepentant aristocrat. He spends the rest of…

Book Review – Inside Apartheid’s Prison

by Raymond Suttner (Jacana Media) ISBN 978-1-4314-2517-4 So immersed had I become in Raymond Suttner’s life’s story, written in jail, that I forgot time flies and that it is now 2017. Not the '60s, '70s, and '80s when people were fighting all over South Africa to…

Book Review – Home Cook

by Thomasina Miers (Guardian Books) ISBN: 9781783350964 The beautiful hard cover and simple title promise fuss-free cooking. From the first page to the last, Miers invites you to put on an apron and start cooking a meal for loved ones of all ages around your…

Book Review – A Huddle Of Hippos

by Julia Richman (Burnet Media) ISBN 9781928230434 This book is a gem that will delight children and adults alike with its use of rare collective nouns for animals found on the African continent. Collective nouns? Now how can that be fun or entertaining I hear you…

Book Review – Lost For Words

by Stephanie Butland (Zaffre) ISBN: 9781785762598 An enthralling, heart-rending, and elegantly written novel, Lost for Words beautifully weaves past and present, creating a colourful portrait of a young woman with a troubled childhood. Loveday Cardew works in a second-hand bookshop in York, where books offer…

Book Review – If I Stay Right Here

by Chwayita Ngamlana (Blackbird Books) ISBN: 9781928337447 Shay, a journalism student in Jo’burg, meets Sip, an unreformed bad girl when she goes to interview her in prison for a radical blog she writes for – and the two girls are drawn into an intense love…

Book Review – Autumn

by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton) ISBN: 9780241207017 ‘It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times…’ The novel starts with this revised version of Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities. Autumn is the first of a seasonal quartet. It’s a chain of stories…

Book Review – Innocents And Others

by Dana Spiotta (Picador) ISBN 9781509839124 Childhood friends Meadow and Carrie grow up in Los Angeles loving films and filmmaking. They have different styles and reasons but they both grow up to be filmmakers. While Meadow focuses on controversial documentaries, Carrie creates feature films. Amy…

Book Review – Mischling

by Affinity Konar (Atlantic Books) ISBN: 9781786490841 I’m hesitant to pick up another World War II novel. There have been many re-tellings, and it’s not easy to be original in this genre. In this account, Pearl and Stasha arrive at Dr Josef Mengele’s camp for twins…

Book Review – Love Me Not

by M.J. Arlidge (Penguin) ISBN: 9780718183851 Love Me Not is the seventh book in M.J. Arlidge’s DI Helen Grace thriller series. A disillusioned and angry young couple plan bloody revenge on all who let them down. In a shooting spree across Southampton they execute their…
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