Category Archives: BOOK REVIEWS

A likeable, touching mid-life crisis! Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler. A literary review.

Male, forty-three going on forty-four, OCD sufferer, who likes to put the bins out for the neighbours and who hates radio phone-in shows.  No, this is not my profile from the Plenty of Fish dating website, but it could be. … Continue reading

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Murder and laughter! The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. A review

A humorous whodunit that keeps you guessing right until the end.  This is the verdict of Richard Osman’s, The Thursday Murder Club.  As the novel states at the back this therefore is, ‘his first and, so far, best novel.’ How … Continue reading

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Friends Reunited! Christmas at The Vintage Bookshop of Memories by Elizabeth Holland. A Review.

We are once again invited into the magical world of the inhabitants of Ivy Hatch, in Elizabeth Holland’s brand-new offering, Christmas at The Vintage Bookshop of Memories.  Readable as a standalone book or as a follow-up to the excellent The … Continue reading

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The woman with a plan! ‘EILEEN’ by Ottessa Moshfegh – A REVIEW.

A sure way of knowing you’ve enjoyed a good book is when you’re sorry to have finished it, this is what has happened to me recently with the novel Eileen written by Ottessa Moshfegh! Not the best novel that I’ve ever … Continue reading

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AN INTERESTING-ISH, ETHICAL McEWAN, BUT NOT A HIGHLY ENJOYABLE ONE! ‘The Children Act’ by Ian McEwan: a review.

Having enjoyed Solar by renowned author Ian McEwan and then really enjoyed his spy thriller novel Sweet Tooth, I thought it was nailed on that The Children Act would be another high quality piece of work by him.  However, for … Continue reading

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AN UNSATISFYING DRAMA! ‘THE CASUAL VACANCY’ -EPISODE THREE REVIEW.

After seeing the concluding part of this drama last night the verdict is now clear, I DEFINITELY PREFER THE BOOK OVER THE TV ADAPTATION! This third episode in many ways was a bit all over the place.  Like episode two, … Continue reading

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A CASUAL HIT! ‘The Casual Vacancy’ – episode one review.

Think The Vicar of Dibley with elements of Eastenders in it and you will pretty much have an idea of what the first episode of this new three part BBC1 drama was like.  The screenplay was written by Sarah Phelps … Continue reading

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A STRANGE SHEEP SHEARING, SHAGGING SHEILA….WHO FAILED TO FULLY SATISFY ME! ‘ALL THE BIRDS, SINGING’ BY Evie Wyld – A Review.

ALL THE BIRDS, SINGING by Evie Wyld – A Review. After a tricky start(the writing style took a bit of getting used too), I found myself in the day really looking forward to reading more of this book whenever I next … Continue reading

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A NEAR PERFECT STORY, THAT NEARLY MADE ME CRY! ‘PERFECT’ by Rachel Joyce – A Review.

Perfect by Rachel Joyce – A Review. One of favourite books of last year was THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce(see an earlier blog). Whenever reading it, it was like coming home from a hard day at the office and … Continue reading

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A RIGHT PRICK WHO YOU CANNOT HELP BUT BECOME FOND OF…..BY THE END! ‘STRAIGHT WHITE MALE’ by John Niven – A Review.

STRAIGHT WHITE MALE by John Niven – A book review. “THIS IS A SERIOUSLY FUNNY BOOK” , a quote from Melanie McGrath from The Scotsman in 2013. I look at this quote from the Scotsman and essentially this explains why I bought … Continue reading

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