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BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter, Review: Captivating narrative

BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter, Review: Captivating narrative

Review Summary: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter is a modern masterpiece that deserves to become a classic — his prose and characterisation exquisite and Edoardo Ballerini’s narration of the audiobook captivating. Beautiful Ruins Synopsis The story begins in 1962. On a…

NOCTURNES by Kazuo Ishiguro, Book Review: Mournful

NOCTURNES by Kazuo Ishiguro, Book Review: Mournful

Nocturnes Synopsis Five Stories of Music and Nightfall One of the most celebrated writers of our time gives us his first cycle of short fiction: five brilliantly etched, interconnected stories in which music is a vivid and essential character. A…

CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games Book #2

CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games Book #2

Catching Fire is the second book in Suzanne Collins’ ground-breaking Hunger Games trilogy. But is it as good as the first novel? Read our full review. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Book 2) Synopsis After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss…

Love in the Years of Lunacy by Mandy Sayer, Book Review

Love in the Years of Lunacy by Mandy Sayer, Book Review

Love in the Years of Lunacy by Mandy Sayer is a moving, tender and compelling story of forbidden love set amid the devastation of war. Love in the Years of Lunacy Synopsis Sydney, 1942. Pearl is eighteen, beautiful and impetuous. She plays…

Scarecrow and The Army of Thieves by Matthew Reilly, Review

Scarecrow and The Army of Thieves by Matthew Reilly, Review

Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves is more compelling, more action-packed and more intense than the previous Scarecrow outings. Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves Synopsis: An old Soviet weapons installation in the Arctic has fallen into disrepair. Known…

MEMENTO MORI by Muriel Spark, Book Review

MEMENTO MORI by Muriel Spark, Book Review

Memento Mori Synopsis Muriel Spark’s blackly comic masterwork begins with a voice on the telephone warning, “Remember, you must die.” The recipient of the grim message is elderly Dame Lettie Colston, but soon 10 of Lettie’s oldest friends also become targets…

Book Review – UPSIDE DOWN INSIDE OUT by Monica McInerney

Book Review – UPSIDE DOWN INSIDE OUT by Monica McInerney

Upside Down Inside Out Synopsis Eva Kennedy is in a rut. After seven years of working at her uncle’s Dublin delicatessen, her artistic aspirations have slipped by the wayside and her latest relationship has fizzled. Whatever happened to the Eva who…

Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres, Book Review: Life affirming

Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres, Book Review: Life affirming

Louis de Bernieres’ Red Dog novel is a charming tale, the audiobook perfect for a long family car trip. Fiction based on a life-affirming Australian legend. Read my full review. Note: Not to be confused with Norman Bridwell’s iconic Clifford the…

FLATLAND A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott, Book Review

FLATLAND A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott, Book Review

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions Synopsis Classic of science (and mathematical) fiction — describes the journeys of A. Square and his adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension) and Pointland (no dimensions). A. Square also entertains thoughts of visiting…