Book Review: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it a fascinating and highly emotive read. What appears at first glance to be a rags-to-riches story becomes so much more. The descriptive writing made me feel as if I were actually in India; the sights and smells and tastes came through so clearly. By the end, I […]

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Book Review: I’m Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti

This is the vivid story of nine-year-old Michelle Amitrano, who, out playing with his friends in the scorching Italian summer of 1978, discovers a secret so devastating that he is forced to choose between obeying the parents he loves and doing what he knows is right. Disturbing, heartrending and unputdownable. The ending left me desperate […]

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Book Review: The Orchard on Fire by Shena Mackay

In this rich and exquisitely evocative novel, nine-year-old April moves with her family to a quiet Kent village and becomes the best friend of Ruby (the neglected daughter of the local publicans) and the object of the sinister Mr Greenidge’s affections, and, along with a cast of convincing characters, brings 1950’s life into sharp and […]

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Book Review: Ox-Tales – Fire

From a father trying to have a relaxing holiday whilst juggling a pre-occupied wife and two whiney children, via an over-parented student trying to figure out what’s going on with her mysterious new boyfriend, to a woman left to die on a deserted island by the man who has been her husband for twenty years, […]

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Book Review: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Ghost story or psychological mystery? I can’t decide. This book deserves a reread, but even then I don’t think I’d be any the wiser. Maybe I’m not supposed to be. That’s not to say this isn’t a great book. It is. Although the language is dense at times – it took a while to decipher […]

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Book Review: The Player of Games by Ian M. Banks

I wanted to enjoy this book so much more than I did. Having read two other ‘Culture’ novels, I had high hopes for this one, but it simply didn’t deliver. The twists and turns were unsurprising, and the game around which the book centred was insufficiently explained, meaning the narrator had to tell the reader […]

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Book Review: A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

This was my first Nick Hornby book and my first Audiobook. The combination of the two produced a very pleasurable ‘reading’ experience. I enjoy characters to whom I can relate, and I found something of that in each of them, even though I spent most of the book wanting to punch Jess and slap Martin! […]

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