March 03

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Some books should be bought and some should be borrowed. I made the mistake of borrowing this one and my local Library had to fight hard to get it back. It took two renewals and one late fee for me to finish it off but it was worth every bit of the hassle. The Essex Serpent […]

February 07

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

This one is another winner from Emma Donoghue – author of The Room and Frog Music – the latter I reviewed here previously, heaping upon it lots of praise.  I love Emma’s work – great ideas, perfectly executed, gritty page turners and always, always intrigue. The Wonder, set in the mid 1800s, is the story […]

January 24

The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink

I’ve started my 2017 reading journey rather differently than 2016. Drum roll please….. I read a book written by a man. If you caught Ms A’s review last month of our best picks of 2016, you’d know I only read female authors all last year.  It wasn’t intentional – no 2016 resolution involved – but happily I report, book wise, […]

January 20

Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford

The world is not equal for women and Clementine Ford is angry. In this hold no punches book, she shares some of her most personal experiences as a girl in this world and how they shaped her views on feminism. I have the utmost admiration for Ford’s fearless, loud and unapologetic commitment to exposing the brutal realities of […]

January 01

Book Ends

I think I might have lost some friends in 2016. Actually, I feel they were more pilfered from me than lost, but I’m determined not to sound bitter. There was that one friend I ran into at the bookshop nose deep in Ms K’s reviews to choose her next book and another friend who hopefully enquired […]

December 04

The Good People by Hannah Kent

  I’ve toured the world in fiction in 2016 but am wrapping up my travels with a last-minute stop in 19th century Ireland courtesy of Australian author and household name in the making, Hannah Kent. I heard Kent talk about this book long before I started it and was blown away by the sheer force of […]

November 20

Today will be Different by Maria Semple

Promises promises. I’ve been in a bit of a rut in 2016. Working partly from home, avoiding most major life decisions (as well as the gym), this book title called out to me like a bottle of Shiraz on a Friday night. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t anywhere near the self-help section. It was […]