Four books entered my home in the last fortnight, three for review and one purchase :
AUSTRALIAN WINE VINTAGES 2013 by Rob Geddes
A friend of mine who is much more knowledge in wine than I will be reviewing this lovely travel size hardcover that will be released in September 2012. This is the 30th edition of this book – it is updated each year.
PAWS by Kathy Finikakos
48 pages, 230mm x 235mm, Ages 4 – 10yrs, JoJo Publishing
Illustrations by Heath McKenzie, Kathy Finikakos’ delightful little story, while a great read for little ones also contains a subtle ‘learning’ for them.
Paws, a curious little baby bear who questioned everything, was taught all about the big wide world by his very famous father, Roman, who was a dancing bear. Roman also taught Paws that it was sometimes just best to be happy with yourown corner of the world. Paws dreamed about his corner of the world but he didn’t really know where it was, so he set out in search of it, putting himself in grave danger along the way only to be rescued by his father. This little bear discovered that his own corner of the world was with his dad who loved him very much.
WHAT THE ZHANG BOYS KNOW by Clifford Garstang
Released 1 October 2012, TLC Book Tour
Set in a condominium building on the edge of Chinatown in Washington, D.C., these stories present the practical and emotional struggles of Zhang Feng-qi, originally from Shanghai, to find a new mother for his sons following the death of his American wife. Along the way, the stories spotlight Zhang’s neighbors as they seek to fill gaps in their own lives: the young bookseller diagnosed with a life-threatening illness; the young lawyer trying to cope with a failed marriage; the obsessive painter haunted by the image of a face; the middle-aged woman forced to sell her possessions in order to survive; the sculptor, overwhelmed by longing for the son he didn’t know he had. And then there are the Zhang boys, who firmly believe that their mother is coming back. What is it that they know?
THE BELLWETHER REVIVALS by Benjamin Wood
Bright, bookish Oscar Lowe has escaped the squalid urban neighborhood where he was raised and made a new life for himself amid the colleges and spires of Cambridge. He has grown to love the quiet routine of his life as a care assistant at a local nursing home, where he has forged a close friendship with its most ill-tempered resident, Dr. Paulsen.
All that changes one fateful day when Oscar, while wandering the bucolic grounds of Cambridge, is lured into the chapel at Kings College by the otherworldly sound of an organ. It is here that he meets and falls in love with Iris Bellwether, a beautiful and enigmatic medical student. Drawn into the world of scholarship and privilege, Oscar soon becomes embroiled in the strange machinations of Iris’s older brother, Eden.
A charismatic but troubled musical prodigy, Eden convinces his sister and their close-knit circle of friends to participate in a series of disturbing experiments. Eden believe that music—with his expert genius to guide it—can cure people. As the line between genius and madness begins to blur, however, Oscar fears that it is danger and not healing that awaits them all—but it might be too late. . . .
A masterful work of psychological suspense and emotional resonance from a brilliant young talent, The Bellwether Revivals will hold readers spellbound until its breathtaking conclusion.
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