Category Archives: Book reviews

The Choke: A Book Review

Often when I read an award winning novel I wonder why did the judges choose this novel, what did they see in it that I didn’t. I had no such thoughts with Sofie Laguna’s novel The Choke, which won the 2018 … Continue reading

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By Sea and Stars: A Book Review

By Sea and Stars  by Trent Dalton is the story of the voyage of the First Fleet which brought the convicts from England to Australia between May 1787 to January 1788. This was an interesting novella size historical piece of non-fiction. … Continue reading

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The Merry-Go-round in the Sea: Book Review

This was the third time I have read The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea by Randoph Stow. The first time was at school where I loathed it with a passion. I found it at that time boring and did not relate … Continue reading

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Songs of Heartstrings: A Book Review

  Songs of Heartstrings by fellow blogger Miriam Hurdle is a collection of poems and short stories about nature, relationships, cancer treatment, parenthood and everything that tugs on her heartstrings. Throughout there is reflection and a sense of someone who … Continue reading

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Spring Collection: A Book Review

If a book makes it to my bookshelf it stays there until it is read. At that point it will either be recycled or, if I have loved the narrative enough, I will move it to the bookshelf of books … Continue reading

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We Come Apart: A book Review

I have decided that I love prose poetry. The first one I read was by Marg Collett titled Finding the Place – my review is here.  We come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan I found equally as compelling. Verse is an emotive … Continue reading

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The Children Act: A Book Review

Ian McEwan’s reputation goes before him and The Children Act did not disappoint. It is the story of a High Court judge (Fiona May) who deals with family matters. Three cases are discussed in some detail – one a divorce … Continue reading

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