November 15

Severance by Ling Ma

Add this one to your summer reading list please. An irresistible, apocalyptic look at contemporary life that will keep you distracted by the pool for sure. Candace is a twenty-something single in NYC. She is so swept up in her daily routine of work, email and google that she barely notices a killer virus spreading […]

October 30

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

I have a hunch this novel may end up being my book of the year. Big call, yes, but I loved it that much. I have read some real beauties this year (Hallelujah, the Book Gods have shone on me in 2018)  but there is just something so exquisite about An American Marriage that I […]

October 15

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

In times of war, there is a particular light given off by smouldering buildings, smoke and blacked out streets. It is called warlight. A fitting name for a shadowy book about a man trying to piece together memories of his wartime childhood. This story starts in 1945 in London. A mother is living a double […]

October 04

The Incendiaries by R.O.Kwon

How is it possible that I have read two books, back to back, about cults?  I assure you I am not interested in joining one, or indeed, starting my own. The Incendiaries is a different beast to my last review Beautiful Revolutionary but it packs, in fewer pages, the same physical discomfort and disbelief.  Like […]

October 01

Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

If you’ve ever wondered how the saying ‘drinking the Kool-Aid‘ came about, well good news Readheads, this book answers it for you. The not-so-good news is you really won’t like the explanation. In Beautiful Revolutionary, Laura Elizabeth Woollett has penned a masterful and intriguing re-telling of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre which saw 918 men, women […]

August 30

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

Alan is a likeable, but insecure middle-aged business man. He owes money everywhere and is trying to reconcile relationships with his father, daughter and ex-wife. He has a memory for jokes and a problem saying no. I love him. For some perfectly random reason, Alan finds himself in Saudi Arabia to pitch security and IT […]

August 11

Outline by Rachel Cusk

How is it that I have never read this book before?  Or worse still, how is it that I hadn’t even heard of Rachel Cusk? Thankfully, this situation has been remedied and I am now in possession of the trilogy in which Outline is number one ( & I am happy to report I am […]