Category Archives: Oldies but Goodies

Stories that have stood the test of time.

May 31

The Household Guide to Dying by Debra Adelaide

Ok, I know, I know. This might not be the most obvious choice for May Faves but given Barbara Kingsolver and Geraldine Brooks had already earned a place here this month, I simply could not go past this as one of my favourite books of all time. If you judge a book by how often […]

May 03

The Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks – Guest Review by Ms D

Behold, there’s a book that covers everything: rampant disease, death, suicide, murder, torture, grief, greed, lust, sex, sorcery, devil worship, flagellation, crazed mobs, cruel parenting, and that old chestnut: religion. In her first foray into historical fiction, Australian foreign correspondent, Geraldine Brooks (who has witnessed her share of horrific war zones), addresses an ethical dilemma. […]

July 10

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

I have just put down one of the most delightful and heart-warming reads I can remember and I can’t stop thinking about it. This charming little story is based on Queen Elizabeth II; but not as we know her. For the sake of this book, England’s ever practical and dutiful monarch suddenly becomes an obsessive […]

May 26

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Minstry

Sometimes with books it is all about the timing and this my friends, is the book you read when you are renovating a house. Not to make light of this masterful novel that details the horrific realities of life in India in the 1970’s, but I did wonder if the expression “first world problem” was coined by someone who had just put […]

April 23

The Most of Nora Ephron

Hello, I’m  Ms K and  I am  addicted to Nora Ephron. She is my literary drug.  There is no cure to this illness, and I don’t want one.  It’s love. Run, don’t walk to your local bookshop and buy, buy, buy ANYTHING from Nora. You will be forever better for it. In fact buy ten of […]

November 16

The Book Thief by Marcus Kusac

Meet Death.  He is about to be nominated for an Oscar so it is about time you got to know him. It is WWII and Death is busy with hundreds of thousands of victims of war across Europe and Nazi Germany.  In this book, he finds the time to observe the life of a small girl […]

June 29

Jamaica by Malcolm Knox

If you ever want to get inside the head of a contemporary middle aged male, read a Malcolm Knox novel.  You wont like what you see.   Jamaica is one of Malcolm Knox’s first novels and has been on my bookshelf for about 12 months just waiting patiently for my attention.   It is only now that am […]

June 23

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

I desperately want to meet this author.  I think I would really like him.  I also think it would help me understand what the hell he was thinking when he wrote the Imperfectionists.  Maybe he was having a bad time at work and just imagining what all of his journalist colleagues were getting up to at home on the weekends or […]