Book Review – THE LITTLE PRINCE by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Little Prince Synopsis :  Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Richard Howard’s new translation of the beloved classic — published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s birth — beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry’s unique and gifted style. Howard has excelled in bringing […]

Book Review – SUPERPOSITION by David Walton

Superposition by David Walton

Superposition Synopsis : A Mind-Bending, Near-Future, Science Fiction Techno-thriller. Jacob Kelley’s family is turned upside down when an old friend turns up, waving a gun and babbling about an alien quantum intelligence. The mystery deepens when the friend is found dead in an underground bunker… apparently murdered the night he appeared at Jacob’s house. Jacob is arrested […]

Audio Book Review – THE ONE PLUS ONE by Jojo Moyes

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

The One Plus One Synopsis : Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jojo Moyes’s The One Plus One, read by Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and Steven France. The One Plus One is the beautiful, poignant, and utterly compelling new novel by the internationally best-selling author Jojo Moyes. One single mum. With two jobs […]

Book Review – WHAT IS THE BUSINESS OF LITERATURE? by Richard Nash

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What is the Business of Literature? Synopsis : This is the story of publishing as you’ve never read it before, told by one of the most provocative and informed voices informing its future. It’s the tale of prophets and storytellers, of entrepreneurs and shop-owners, of those who fashioned the world of book publishing as we know it. […]

Book Review – PRESENT DARKNESS by Malla Nunn

Present Darkness by Malla Nunn

Present Darkness Synopsis : Five days before Christmas, Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper sits at his desk at the Johannesburg major crimes squad, ready for his holiday in Mozambique. A call comes in: A respectable white couple has been assaulted and left for dead in their bedroom. The couple’s teenage daughter identifies the attacker as Aaron Shabalala – […]

Review – NANOPARTICLES by Charlotte Wood

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Nanoparticles Synopsis : In ‘Nanoparticles’, Lisa cannily observes the people waiting alongside her at the motor registry, from the harried mother of two to the man engrossed in his newspaper. With her characteristically sharp and tender observations, Charlotte Wood examines the smallest things that draw us together and the many larger issues that wrench us apart. (Allen&Unwin) REVIEW […]

Book Review – CLOUDSTREET by Tim Winton

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Cloudstreet Synopsis : Two rural families – the Pickles and the Lambs – flee to the city after separate catastrophes. They find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch – and for twenty years, they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads […]

Book Review – STRANGE WEATHER IN TOKYO by Hiromi Kawakami

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Strange Weather in Tokyo Synopsis : Tsukiko is in her late 30s and living alone when one night she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, ‘Sensei’, in a bar. He is at least thirty years her senior, retired and, she presumes, a widower. After this initial encounter, the pair continue to meet occasionally […]

Book Review – BRENNER AND GOD by Wolf Haas

Brenner and God by Wolf Haas

Brenner and God Synopsis : Simon Brenner is an ex-detective who’s now turned to a quieter career as the personal chauffeur for two-year-old Helena, the daughter of a Munich construction giant and a Viennese abortion doctor. One day at the gas station, while Brenner’s attention is turned to picking out a chocolate bar for Helena, the […]

Book Review – THE MEDICI BOY by John L’Heureux

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The Medici Boy Synopsis: The worlds of art, politics and passion collide in John L’Heureux’s masterful new novel, The Medici Boy. With rich composition, L’Heureux ingeniously transports the reader to Donatello’s Renaissance Italy—directly into his bottega, (workshop), as witnessed through the eyes of Luca Mattei, a devoted assistant. While creating his famous bronze of David and […]

Book Review – THE ROSIE EFFECT by Graeme Simsion

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♦ This title is an Aussie Author Challenge 2015 Recommended Read ♦ _________ The Rosie Effect Synopsis : ‘We’ve got something to celebrate,’ Rosie said. I am not fond of surprises, especially if they disrupt plans already in place. I assumed that she had achieved some important milestone with her thesis. Or perhaps she had been offered […]

Book Review – THE CANTERVILLE GHOST by Oscar Wilde

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The Canterville Ghost Synopsis : A terrifying ghost is haunting the ancient mansion of Canterville Chase, complete with creaking floorboards, clanking chains and gruesome disguises – but the new occupants seem strangely undisturbed by his presence. Deftly contrasting the conventional gothic ghost story with the pragmatism of the modern world, Wilde creates a gently comic fable of […]