Author Archives: Ms A

July 31

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

This book comes with multiple warnings. The first is that it deals with very distressing themes and the second is that you won’t be able to put it down. My Absolute Darling is a debut novel from American author Gabriel Tallent.  It is a best seller, page turner and probably available at airports around the […]

July 15

The Eight Mountains by Paolo Cognetti

I am sure this book has inflated property prices in the Italian Alps.  When you read about the small Italian family and their holidays spent climbing mountains you will know what I mean. Set over at least 30 years, The Eight Mountains is about relationships and how different people escape and/or embrace life and fear. […]

June 24

The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton

It’s been too long since I lost myself in a Tim Winton book.  If you are Australian, chances are you’ve read a few of them. It turns out lots of people overseas read Tim Winton too, although how on earth they can make sense of the heavy Australian slang and vocabulary is a mystery to […]

May 30

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Guest review by Mr D.

I resisted reading The Handmaid’s Tale for a long time.  I can’t quite put a finger on why.  In part it was because of my ignorant understanding that it was some sort of totalitarian chic-lit.  In part, I have to also admit there was something I didn’t quite like about Margaret Atwood.  Something undefinable about […]

April 30

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

I wasn’t going to review this book. I’m a busy reader with a highbrow rep to protect and it just didn’t seem worthy to me. That said, when I hear that so many people are reading and talking about it, I couldn’t resist throwing my 2 cents in. Apparently, it’s even on the NSW Bar’s […]

April 02

Dunbar by Edward St Aubyn

Ok I haven’t been blogging much over the last few months but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. I just haven’t read anything rousing enough to blog about. This book however hit me like a veritable first glass of champagne; going straight to my head and heart and leaving me with a book hangover […]

January 02

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Every good holiday requires a good book. Frankly, it is beyond me why airlines don’t offer book sales with flight reservations. They could easily make recommendations according to destination, demographic and flight length and it would be a whole lot more fun than amazon. Instead of a little shopping basket icon there could be a […]