Author Archives: Ms A

Stoner by John Williams

I’m not sure I can explain to you how much I loved this book. Surely the most pure, quiet and understated work of fiction I have read in a long time. Stoner was first published in 1965 with no fanfare. Fifty years later, it was discovered by the general public and became a bestseller across […]

January 26

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

I’ll admit it, I found this book a challenge. I would go so far as to say it is the trickiest book I’ve read in years. Swinging between fact and fiction and jumping forward and back in time, reading The Topeka School was the most exercise I did all holiday. The Topeka School is the […]

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 […]

December 03

Normal People by Sally Rooney

My favourite books are ones that appear simple. This is one of those books. On the face of it, Normal People tells the story of a boy and a girl and their on again/off again relationship. At school, he is the popular one and she is out of place but they get to college and […]