Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Mar05

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a modern classic which somehow passed me by when it was published. To be honest, there are plenty of modern classics that pass me by, so I shouldn’t be surprised, especially as this was published when I was busy giving birth to small boys! Like most people, I knew that Life of Pi was ‘the book about the boy on the boat with the tiger’, but didn’t know much more than that. I was...

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Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell
Feb26

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

I’ve been waiting to read Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell for a while now, as I absolutely love Lisa Jewell’s thrillers. Invisible Girl came out in paperback earlier this month and I snapped it up straightaway. There is something addictive about Lisa Jewell’s books. It is the characters and the settings, as well as the stories, that make me unable to put them down. While sometimes I struggle to find as much time to...

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The Split by Sharon Bolton
Feb12

The Split by Sharon Bolton

I won The Split by Sharon Bolton on Twitter a few months ago. It sounded like a good read, but it’s probably not one I would actually have bought myself. It’s a thriller and you know I love thrillers, although I haven’t read one for a while. After reading a couple of fairly heavy (but brilliant) literary novels – American Dirt and The Story of the Lost Child – I was ready for a change in direction. The...

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The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
Feb05

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

The Story of the Lost Child is the final part in the brilliant Neopolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante. Once again, it tells the story of best friends Elena (known as Lenu) and Lila, and is narrated by Elena. Although Elena shares a first name with the author, this isn’t an autobiography. This time the story takes us from Elena and Lila’s 30s right up to old age. Right from the start of the series, in My Brilliant Friend, the...

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American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Jan29

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

I read a review of American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins early last year, and decided I wanted to read it. I then completely forgot what it was about, but I trusted 2020 me to have made the right decision and eventually got a copy of it for Christmas. Set in modern day Acapulco, one of the most dangerous cities in the world, American Dirt is the story of Lydia and her son, Luca. Lydia has it all – she owns a bookshop, her husband is...

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Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Jan22

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Beartown is the fourth novel by Fredrik Backman, who wrote the wonderful A Man Called Ove. Beartown is a small town on the edge of the forest. For nine months of the year, it is under a blanket of snow. The cold and dark have created a unique close-knit community, where everyone knows everyone else. The town is slowly dying, with employment prospects shrinking every year. But it has an (ice) hockey team which is on the brink of huge...

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