Author Archives: Ms K

August 04

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Given this book has a long list of nominations and awards already (most recently named  winner of the Miles Franklin)  my review could be a short and emphatic  three words  – ‘GRAB THIS PRONTO ‘. But you know me, I can’t stop there. I want, actually I neeeeed to say more because this book had […]

June 24

The Van Apfel Girls are Gone by Felicity McLean

Firstly, good news!  I am alive despite being missing in action of late.  Believe it or not, I have been reading a lot but sadly, I have made some very poor choices and twice had to abandon my book.  This is something I try never to do (and I really gave those two a red-hot-go, […]

April 01

The Binding by Bridget Collins

1.43am. I repeat.  1.43am. This is the hour The Binding released me from its clutches and let me sleep.   Now I know this may not be a biggie for many of you, but for this pumpkin, 10.30pm is a late night. I was held captive, shaken and stirred from first line to last. For […]

March 17

Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn

If you’ve ever held the secret desire to sit in a marriage counsellor’s room and listen in, well, praise be, John Jay Osborn has opened that door and invited you in. Voyeurs rejoice! This is a clever tale where you are witness to the breaking and making of Steve and Gretchen’s marriage and their work […]

March 10

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

Every fabulous holiday (and I use holiday in the true sense where you simply Chill.Out.) requires some must-haves.  Cocktails (free-flowing naturally) closely followed by beaut folk, a tower of books to read, great locale, fancy digs, delicious food, sunshine, pool/beach, yada yada… I have just returned from said holiday where sunshine and books abounded and […]

March 06

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

I’m pretty sure I heard people were dancing in the streets when Barbara Kingsolver released her new book.  I nearly was.  This woman is a legend and remains firmly implanted in my ‘Reading Hall of Fame’ for The Poisonwood Bible because apart from being a great book, it was the first book I read where […]

February 07

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Guest Review by Mr M Much like stories told around a dinner table, I think the best ones contain facts with entertaining embellishment and in my own case, the occasional physical performance for added effect. Trent Dalton’s book, Boy Swallows Universe is one of the most entertaining dinner table stories, but I must admit – […]

January 11

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Despite this books dark and disturbing storyline, it’s quite the hoot.  I’m sure it isn’t meant to be but there you have it, it is. The title says it all so I could easily just leave this review right here and say enthusiastically  go grab a copy.  But I will carry on…. Set in Nigera, […]

January 10

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

In truth, I probably could have flown to Mars in the time in took me to read The Mars Room. I am sadly alone on this because it seems this book was being devoured left, right and centre by everyone over the holiday break – well those on Instagram anyway. It’s not that I didn’t […]

December 27

2018 All Stars

You didn’t think we’d leave you in the lurch these holidays? We know you are all going to need a good book by the pool so we have compiled our 2018 All Star list so you get the most from your holiday reading time. Enjoy, Readheads! Ms K This list was hard for me as […]