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The Sellout by Paul Beatty – Book Review


The Sellout is a deftly woven tale of one man who tries to put his hometown, Dickens (a little-known region of Los Angeles) back on the map after it is removed in a wanton act of gentrification. I’m not sure I’m qualified to write a review of The Sellout. It’s a book that made my head spin; full of eloquently written insanity, contradictions and tangents that lead you through a...

Finish by Jon Acuff – Book Review


This week I read Jon Acuff’s Finish. Unlike an earlier book of his (titled Start), Finish is aimed at people who have no trouble starting projects, but struggle to reach the end of their goals, for myriad reasons. (Hello!)
It’s a motivational book which has at its heart a simple premise; perfectionism is the enemy.

My grandmother sends her regards and apologises by Fredrik Backman – Book Review


It’s a wordy and possibly unappealing title, but this was a book that delighted, surprised, amused and saddened me in equal measure – sometimes all at once. A philosophical adventure with pretty much just the right amount of everything. The story opens with a hilarious scene introducing the two main characters: Elsa, a seven-going-on-seventy-year-old girl, and her seventy-going-on-seven...

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne – Book Review


A grand journey that takes place under the sea — discovering both the natural wonders hidden in the depths of the oceans and the elusive and mysterious character of Captain Nemo. This review contains significant spoilers — I’m not really sure how to write a thorough review without them. Go and read the book then come back and see if you agree with my review! Expectations When reading a ‘classic’...

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – Book Review


Amble through this beautifully told tale of love, the differences that lie between men and women, patience, maturity and redemption, set in rural Victorian England, and well deserving of the title of Literature. On maturing, one begins to appreciate the finer things in life — whether that’s enjoying a glass of Malbec and camembert so ripe that it’s about to walk off your plate, listening to the...

Ink by Alice Broadway – Book Review


Opening a new book is always interesting – it’s often with a sense of trepidation that I begin, effectively opening up my mind and imagination to anything that someone decides to write. A good story can get in your head but some stories can stay there forever, and that’s not always a good thing! I should note that on first reading the story I had no idea about the author – Alice...

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