Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life – solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. Desperate to understand the secret that torments this genius, Marlowe embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism. Kostova’s masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy; from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love. The Swan Thieves is a story of obsession, history’s losses, and the power of art to preserve hope. [The Book Depository]
I’ve decided to give audio-books a try — I hadn’t tried them until now, because if I’m being honest, I never did really enjoy listening to people reading stories aloud when I was young, always felt like taking the book off them and reading it (quicker) myself! But I have to say, I’m glad I’ve given it another go, because I’m really enjoying it so far — I’m clearly not as impatient as I used to be 🙂
I picked up 2 audio-books from the library this week:
“How to Handle Men Through the Application of Psychology” sees Mma Ramotswe setting out to release her fiance, Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, from a terrifying obligation. Meanwhile, a new case comes into the agency, and the ladies find themselves on a love quest…”The House of Hope” finds Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi visiting some ‘bad girls’ as part of their mission to find a husband for their client. But Mma Ramotswe has some marriage problems of her own: when her fiance seems no closer to setting a date for their wedding, she seeks the advice of a crafty friend. [The Book Depository]
Short novella reprising Matthew Reilly’s much loved hero Scarecrow. – There is no hell like a man-made one… It is an island that doesn’t appear on any maps. A secret location where classified experiments have been conducted. Experiments that have gone terribly wrong… When all contact with this mystery island is inexplicably lost, four crack special-forces units are brought in. [The Book Depository]
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