Author Archives: Ms A

July 04

Horse by Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks’ first novel, Year of Wonders, remains one of my favourite books of all time. She has written plenty of other rippers too, including March and People of The Book.  Horse is her latest, and I’ve just finished it at warp speed with the smile of a happy reader on my face from beginning […]

May 28

An Odyssey – A Father, Son and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn

Did you know that the word “odyssey” derives from Odysseus, the central character of Homer’s epic Greek poem?  Or that the word mentor derives from the character “Mentor” who Odysseus chose to watch over his infant son during the many years he was away? Before you worry, no I didn’t read Homer’s Odyssey (or pay […]

March 05

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

No one else is awake when Elle goes for a swim in the pond below her family’s holiday cabin in Cape Cod. As she swims, she reflects on the night before, when she had hot sex with her childhood crush against the back wall, while her husband, mother and children chatted away inside. A pretty […]

December 27

Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

There is a lot to be said for beautifully designed, small hardback books. To me, they are almost irresistible and no good bookshelf should be without a smattering of them. This one comes with the promise of an added “bestseller” sticker, which pretty much ticks every box of what I look for in a holiday […]

December 05

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

I have been doing book reviews for a little while now. OK, not as reliably as Ms K and not quite as well researched as the London Review of Books, but I hope I’ve earned enough credibility to call out a stand out book when I read one. And this one is a stand out. […]

October 10

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

In her first two novels, Conversations with Friends and Normal People, 30-year-old Irish writer, Sally Rooney launched into the serious book world like the Michael Jordan launched into the NBA.  Her books gave us an instant glimpse into the minds and lives of her generation and the world couldn’t get enough of it. And no, […]

August 08

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

Another day, another must-read for Readheads. This one is the true story of a family of twelve children, six of whom develop schizophrenia. Yep. True Story. Written by US Author Robert Kolker (think Lost Girls in 2013) and published in 2020, Hidden Valley Road was listed by the New York Times Book Review as one […]

July 24

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I don’t do trashy books well. I’ve got no problem with trashy TV and remain convinced that Survivor is the best show in the history of television but, for whatever reason, my tolerance for basic books is low. Also, I feel compelled to ask the question of whether there is a place for an airport […]

July 13

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

What do you do when you ask two friends, both serious readers, for reading recommendations and they simultaneously suggest the same book? I’ll tell you what you do….you get off your ass and go get it. You don’t start editing your facebook profile or sign up to a new streaming service; you reserve your spot […]

July 02

The Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

There are many ways to break a reading drought.  It could be a week of woolly weather, a break from work or a raging pandemic with government enforced lockdowns.  Or it could just be the timeless allure of a great book. Like a hot bag of Uber Eats at the end of a long week, […]