Category: Contemporary and Classic

Book Review: White is For Witching

  Oooooo….a birthday book from one of my lovely sisters and what a treat. Been meaning to try out a Helen Oyeyemi after reading some good reviews and I wasn’t disappointed. Devoured this in two sittings. Set in a large house in Dover, the two main narrators are twins, Eliot and Miranda Silver, who are […]

Book Review: Disgrace

Disgrace by J.M.Coetzee has sat, untouched by my bed for at least the last two months. Shameful….disgraceful you might say (or I would). Such an interesting and insightful book that when I finally picked it up I devoured it in just two sittings. It tells the story of David Lurie, a Communications professor at the […]

Book Review: You Are Not a Stranger Here

  I recently read Adam Haslett’s debut collection of short stories, ‘You Are Not a Stranger Here’ released in 2002. I read this article, ‘The Perpetual Solitude of the Writer’ on the Literary Hub about the mindset of the writer and found Haslett’s take on it very interesting, hence trying his book. So glad I […]

Book Review: The Art of Fiction

A little while ago I went on Curtis Brown’s 6 week online novel writing course. (A bit of CPD that kept me busy for some time and helped me get the oomph back into developing ideas, but in a more structured way to how I’ve previously written.) I would thoroughly recommend the six week Curtis Brown […]

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert: Book Review

I tried this a few months ago after I had been reading a lot of commercial fiction (YA Fantasy generally). I didn’t keep reading because it felt so slow to get into at the time, think Thackery or Dickens, just a bit to much for my current mood. It definitely shows the importance to read […]

The Creative Penn and Desecration by J.F.Penn: Book Review

Just to start off with – I am going to extol Penn’s virtues as a talented author (in particular as she’s an independent author and has self-published her books). As well as publishing fiction, thrillers mostly, and a series with a paranormal twist, she publishes books on writing and independently publishing and marketing them. This author […]

Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb: Book Review

Firstly, this is the kind of book I wish I’d read when I was younger. When Mihaly talks about the pains of growing up: his awkwardness, his disassociation with his family and his joyous discovery of a different dynamic in his friends Tamas and Eva, I thought it was such an insightful take on adolescence. […]

Skylark, Dezso Kosztolanyi: Book Review

  I read a review after reading this book about how the author was writing about this town Sárszeg, a fictionalised form of Subotica, the author’s hometown, but of the past. And the time Skylark was first published, it, as well as two-thirds of Hungary had become part of Serbia, Yugoslavia after war. You certainly get this sense throughout the […]

The Door: Book Review

Another gem by Magda Szabo! It’s described by the Glasgow Herald as: “This melting pot of a novel hangs from a solid tripod of Greek myth, Biblical scripture and Slavic Fairy-tale…” It’s a good description and not over the top. It’s like a sumptuous dish – I’m thinking a bowl of Goulash with the rich flavours  of beef, red-wine and […]

Book Review: Remains of the Day

We were a little overdue this month on holding our book club, but met to discuss book number two yesterday. Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro is a poignant and thought provoking read, awarding lots of discussion. It details the life of Stevens, a butler and his service to a Lord Darlington of Darlington […]