Author Archives: Ms A

January 12

Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner is one of the hit books of 2019 in the USA.  It was released in June with hit reviews and by September, there was a 10-party bidding war for TV rights. Taffy Brodesser-Akner is best known in the USA as a writer for GQ Magazine and the New […]

December 01

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

It’s Christmas time and three seventy something female friends have come together to clean out a beach house. The house was owned by their fourth friend, Sylvie, who has recently died. There is a lot of work to do, so the surviving friends get started cleaning cupboards while trying to fill the gaps left by […]

October 21

The Martian by Andy Weir – Guest review by Sebastian aged 12

“I guess you could call it a “failure”, but I prefer the term “learning experience.” Sol 23: Today I read The Martian. Not all of it, but enough of it to read it all throughout the day and into the night. I promised to myself “After this chapter, no actually, after this one, no, I can […]

October 20

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Praise be! I finished a book.  The year started so well, but by Easter I had lost control of the laundry v reading life equation. Trust Margaret Atwood to return my domestic equilibrium. Like her or not, it is impossible not to finish a Margaret Atwood book. The Testaments is the highly anticipated sequel to […]

April 23

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

For the love of music, the 70’s and cracking stories, you have to read this book. Written by Taylor Jenkins Reid and published in March, there has been a lot of hype leading up to its release. It already has its own Spotify playlist and Reece Witherspoon backed Netflix Series. Talk about a cross-disciplinary marketing juggernaut. […]

March 05

French Exit by Patrick deWitt

I didn’t sleep the night I finished this book. It is funny but also strangely emotional and I couldn’t get it out of my head. Released late last year, French Exit tells the story of a glamorous New York widow, Frances and her gloomy adult son, Malcolm. The two of them have spent the last of […]

January 28

The Overstory by Richard Powers

If the measure of a great book is whether it makes you think about things differently, then this is a great book. The Overstory starts off as a collection of stories that merge into a single tale of mankind and its relationship with the environment. Some people have labelled it “environmental fiction” but that strikes […]