Monthly Archives: March, 2014

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir by American writer Mitch Albom.   The story was later recreated by Thomas Rickman into a TV movie of the same name directed by Mick Jackson.  This starred Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria.   Mitchell David “Mitch” Albom is an American best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, radio, television broadcaster …

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The Death of a Kingfisher by M.C. Beaton

  The Death of a Kingfisher is a novel that tells one of M.C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth stories.  Another is reviewed on this site at https://bookreviewstoday.info/2013/11/27/the-death-of-a…-by-m-c-beaton/.  The story starts at a time when Scotland is hit by recession (a bit like now!).  Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are being forced to come up …

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A Christmas Secret by Anne Perry

I chose this book in my local library, partly because it was short (!) and partly because I had never read anything by Anne Perry.  I did not have particularly high hopes for the book, but I was pleasantly surprised.  The central characters are Dominc Corde and his wife, Clarice.  Dominic is chosen by the …

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And Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris

Joshua Ferris is an American author who was born on November 8, 1974 in Danville, Illinois, USA.  He was educated at the University of Iowa then at the University of California in Irvine.  His writing has achieved several awards including the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year.  He …

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A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf that was recommended to me by my friend Ruth.  It was first published on 24 October 1929 and was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newham College and Girton College which were two women only colleges at Cambridge University, England.  This extended essay employs …

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The Dubliners by James Joyce

James Augustine Aloysious Joyce was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 2 February 1882 and died 13 January 1941.  He was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers of the early 20th century.   Joyce is probably best known for his novel, Ulysses which was published in 1922.  It was a …

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Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was born to a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon, England.  She served in a hospital during the First |World War before she married and started her family in London.   Although initially unsuccessful at getting her work published, in 1920, The Bodley Head press published her novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which, like this …

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I Don’t Mean to be Rude But … by Simon Cowell

I find Simon Cowell a very interesting man.  He was born in the Lambeth district of London, England on 7 October 1959.  He comes from a large family of six brothers and one sister but is best known as a  is a television music and talent competition judge, A&R executive, television producer, entrepreneur, and television personality. …

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