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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett #bookreview

Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto makes a grand claim for the power of music not only to sustain the spirit in the bleakest of times but even to transform a life. 1,210 more words

Book Reviews

Review: The Tiger's Wife (Part One)

This review will not give away any spoilers about the tiger or its significance in the story but will discuss other events and elements of Obreht’s Prize-Winning debut novel. 879 more words

Book Review: The Uninvited Guests

Sadie Jones’ The Uninvited Guests is part family saga, part ghostly wasteland, part – well, who really knows? The acclaimed writer, who is well-known for her historical set-pieces scarred by the ugliness of emotion and the unsightly depths that lurk beneath each of us, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction for her first novel… 318 more words


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I wish there was a way to express screaming through text. But just know that I’m eternally screaming.

Okay. I can’t even collect my thoughts right now. 275 more words


"Painter of Silence" by Georgina Harding - review

I’ve had this on my shelf for a few years; a slim, unassuming book that didn’t scream “read me now”, but I finally picked it up simply because I wasn’t sure what else I was in the mood for.  855 more words


Small Island: Of Course this book was adapted for a BBC Miniseries.

It’s easy to see why Andrea Levy’s 2004 monstrously successful Small Island was turned into a BBC mini-series. It has all the right stuff: historical fiction setting of post-WWII London, heady and illicit romance, examination of societal changes in race, class and gender through the small and focused familial experiences of one London home.  423 more words


The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville

Harley Savage, patchwork expert and part-time curator, arrives in the small town of Karakarook to help establish a heritage museum. Douglas Cheeseman, somewhat antithetically, arrives to supervise the demolition of a historic but badly decaying bridge and the construction of its replacement. 283 more words