October 30

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

I have a hunch this novel may end up being my book of the year. Big call, yes, but I loved it that much. I have read some real beauties this year (Hallelujah, the Book Gods have shone on me in 2018)  but there is just something so exquisite about An American Marriage that I […]

October 15

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

In times of war, there is a particular light given off by smouldering buildings, smoke and blacked out streets. It is called warlight. A fitting name for a shadowy book about a man trying to piece together memories of his wartime childhood. This story starts in 1945 in London. A mother is living a double […]

October 04

The Incendiaries by R.O.Kwon

How is it possible that I have read two books, back to back, about cults?  I assure you I am not interested in joining one, or indeed, starting my own. The Incendiaries is a different beast to my last review Beautiful Revolutionary but it packs, in fewer pages, the same physical discomfort and disbelief.  Like […]

October 01

Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

If you’ve ever wondered how the saying ‘drinking the Kool-Aid‘ came about, well good news Readheads, this book answers it for you. The not-so-good news is you really won’t like the explanation. In Beautiful Revolutionary, Laura Elizabeth Woollett has penned a masterful and intriguing re-telling of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre which saw 918 men, women […]

August 30

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

Alan is a likeable, but insecure middle-aged business man. He owes money everywhere and is trying to reconcile relationships with his father, daughter and ex-wife. He has a memory for jokes and a problem saying no. I love him. For some perfectly random reason, Alan finds himself in Saudi Arabia to pitch security and IT […]

August 11

Outline by Rachel Cusk

How is it that I have never read this book before?  Or worse still, how is it that I hadn’t even heard of Rachel Cusk? Thankfully, this situation has been remedied and I am now in possession of the trilogy in which Outline is number one ( & I am happy to report I am […]

August 08

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler and I started off as friends with A Spool of Blue Thread.  Then, sadly, we weren’t friends any longer because of Vinegar Girl, BUT – hold the phone Joan –  I am happy to report our friendship is restored courtesy of Tyler’s latest, Clock Dance. This one I loved and read it in what felt […]