Category Archives: Book Club

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

I had never heard of the author Chinua Achebe before his novel Things Fall Apart was book of the month at my book group. It was then I discovered how important this author’s work had been to Nelson Mandela during his years of imprisonment. Chinua Achebe was born in Ogidi, Anambra, Nigeria on November 16, 1930. …

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The Year of No Rules by Rose McClelland

I have just finished reading The Year of No Rules by Rose McClelland. The book was recommended to me by a friend, so, although it is not my favourite crime genre, I decided to give it a try. The book fall into the ‘women’s fiction’ genre. This novel has such an excellent title, who wouldn’t …

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Pompeii by Robert Harris

Several books by Robert Harris have been recommended to me, and The Fear Index is reviewed on this site: https://bookreviewstoday.info/2017/07/20/the-fear-index-by-robert-harris/ . However, I the first read Pompeii when it was book of the month in our local book group. Robert Harris is a British author and previous journalist and BBC television reporter. Pompeii was originally published by …

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Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown

Very rarely have I read a book in one sitting. It happened with The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly. I reviewed that at https://bookreviewstoday.info/2016/10/11/the-poison-tree-by-erin-kelly/. I still tease Erin that she owes me a night’s sleep! Recently, my husband and I went on holiday and I took a book with me was by a new author to …

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Writing Historical Romantic Fiction by guest author John Jackson

My friend John Jackson joins me today to answer the question: What are you doing Here? (A mere Male in a woman’s world) This is a question I ask myself from time to time. Luckily, the answer comes back the same every time. “Having fun!” I have never had a typical male “look-down-the-nose” type of attitude …

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Death in Dulwich by Alice Castle

I had not read any books by Alice Castle before, but as those who follow my blog will know, the crime and mystery genres are amongst my favourites, when her new novel, Death in Dulwich, was published by Crooked Cat Books and recommended to me, I decided to buy it to take on holiday with …

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey reveiwed by guest author Brenie Gourley

Kenneth Elton “Ken” Kesey was an American novelist, essayist, and countercultural figure. He considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. He was born on 17 September 1935 at La Junta, Colorado, USA and died on 10 November 2001 in Eugene, Oregon, USA. His most famous …

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Kindred Spirits: The Royal Mile by Jennifer C Wilson

I first met Jennifer C. Wilson over a year ago at the writers’ inspiration the is The Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. Although she was already a published author, she is such an open, friendly person who works to nurture aspiring authors. It is hard to remember that Jeniifer is a marine biologist by training, who developed …

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The Blackhouse by Peter May

I first met Peter May some years ago in 2014, the year he won the McIlvanney Prize, for his novel  Entry Island at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writers’ Festival. He is a quiet, courteous man, but one whose work I had never read until The Blackhouse became book of the month for our book group. The …

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The Fear Index by Robert Harris

I enjoy books by Robert Harris and was delighted when The Fear Index was recently book of the month at my book group. Ths novel deals with the world of finance, at its worst. The hero of The Fear Index is a brilliant physicist called Dr Alex Hoffman who seems to lack empathy with those around him. …

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