Author Archives: Ms A

December 10

The Choke by Sofie Laguna

It’s the early 1970’s and a ten-year-old girl is slipping through the cracks. Abandoned by her mother and neglected by her father, she is forced to live with her alcoholic grandfather in a broken-down property near the banks of the Murray River. Surrounded by men, guns and beer – this young girl is far from […]

October 22

Days without End by Sebastian Barry

It scares me how many times I walked past this beautiful book.  In the days of big publishing houses and even bigger marketing budgets, it is not at all uncommon to get enticed by a cover and find on reading it that the writing doesn’t quite match the hype. The opposite is true with this […]

August 28

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

Ok so I haven’t been posting like Ms K but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading and thinking about books. For those of you who have been holding off starting something new until you’ve heard from me (pay attention both of you) I am sorry.  All I can say is the wait has been […]

July 06

Exit West by Moshin Hamid

I’ve read a lot of books in 2017 but only reviewed half of them. Too many have not been worth reviewing; others I’ve been too lazy to review and then there are those I keep going back to that have been reviewed too many times already. The classics. This book doesn’t fall into any of […]

April 17

Hillbilly Elegy by J D Vance

There’s not a single person I know that wouldn’t take something away from this book which probably explains why it’s a number one New York Times Bestseller. Released in late 2016 and timed to perfection, this personal memoir of US businessman J D Vance offers insights into the disintegration of towns and communities in the rust-belt of America. The […]

April 16

Storm and Grace by Kathryn Heyman

Not everything is how it presents. Including this book. On the surface, Storm and Grace could be mistaken for a contemporary Mills and Boon, complete with alpha male and remote island setting. But the reality is the exact opposite. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it’s a clever and very deliberate […]

March 09

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Well hello page-turner. I’ve loved spending the last week with you. I’m normally more immune to the charms of your type, but I’m willing to admit you have me hooked. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller is a brand new, perfectly sized and perfectly paced novel about marriage, love, life and truth. It is set in the modern day (I […]