Today I turned off the news. Why? Well, some of this was down to simple irritation and frustration. Empty political finger-pointing, distant despots, xenophobia and an endless procession of short-sighted fools. It drives me nuts. The rest? I'll admit it - I can be a coward. It's not pretty, but that's what it is. […]Read More from Fiction and feeling
Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, there was a woman who migrated from a distant land to make her home in Australia. She had a husband and small children, but her circle was very small. She said hello to the shop assistants. She waited for the postman. She laughed bitterly with […]Read More from How a Book Club changed a life
See What I Have Done is a completely immersive, utterly coercive, sensory experience. Reading this book is like clawing your way into someone's skin, sitting inside them like an alternate personality. It engages every one of the senses. After it ends you are left with an echo of rotting mutton soup on the tip of your […]Read More from See what [she] has done….
The Course of Love by Alain de Botton A powerful book... filled with enough worthy quotes to fill a respectable Pinterest board (substitute journal, wall or scrapbook for Pinterest if you have no idea what I'm talking about here). It's written in what I found initially to be a slightly jarring style, pairing narrative with […]Read More from The course of love: does it run true?
The Good People by Hannah Kent A review by Mo the cat's owner Mo may not have liked this book... but he is a cat, after all! My take on the book is slightly different. The Good People is beautifully written: dark and haunting. It stays with you long after you've finished reading, like an […]Read More from Are there any Good People in this book?