Review: Lila – Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson came to fame with her novel Gilead in which an elderly small-town Congregational Minister John Ames reflects on his own life and the lives of his immediate family, particularly his second wife Lila and his seven year old son. In her second book Home, Robinson write about the family of John Ames best [...]

Review: Sycamore Row – John Grisham

I apologise to my readers once again for the infrequency of my posts at the moment. When I took on the job of creating a website for a charity I hadn’t really taken on board the size of the task, and while I’m really enjoying doing it, my book reviewing has taken a hit while [...]

Review: The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

While I have been reading as much as ever, I have been so busy with other things that I’ve not really had time to write reviews for the last couple of months. For one thing, we have a new grandson, Arthur, and our daughter has needed help with the baby’s two sisters, Iris and Florence, [...]

Review: The Round House – Louise Erdrich

I’d only vaguely heard of Lousie Erdrich before coming to this book but have now found out that she is an acclaimed writer of books featuring Native Americans and is enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Her Wikipedia entry tells us that she is one quarter Native American and runs [...]

Review: The Road to Los Angeles – John Fante

I’d never heard of American writer John Fante before being recommended this book, The Road to Los Angeles by Emma and Guy of Bookaroundthecorner and His Futile Preoccupations under their Merry Christmas Humbook scheme. I had no idea what to expect but knew that John Fante has attracted attention as a significant American writer of [...]

Review: Music for Torching – A M Homes

In my last article I reviewed a book written about a group of people in an English village going through various changes and crises – but with an authors gentle touch which left a warm glow as I finished the book. Today, in Music for Torching, the subject matter is similar – families, their [...]

Review: A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway

Never having read A Farewell to Arms before, I was interested to see this new edition, with its cover replicating the first edition published in 1929. I wondered how the book would stand up to the passage of time and whether it would, like so many other books of that era, just seem rather [...]

Review: Lamb – Bonnie Nadzam

Dave Lamb is a self-obsessed 54 year old man who’s business partner has told him to take some time off work to cool an affair he has had with a subordinate. He is upset and disoriented, being unable to return to Cathy, his wife, but remembering his comfortable life with her with nostalgic longing.

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Review: Canada – Richard Ford

After a summer’s break from book reviewing (which I shall write about in my next post) I have returned to the fold with the new novel by Richard Ford.

Richard Ford’s books have entranced me for quite a few years now, and although few in number, his Frank Bascombe series has said about as much [...]

Review: The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson

On this 1 January 2012, I wish a happy and prosperous New Year to all my readers.

I’m starting this year with a book which isn’t available in the book stores until April. However, I wanted to publish the review while the subject is so topical following the death last month of North Korean [...]