Rules of Civility Synopsis : Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall […]
The Tiny Wife Synopsis A magical short novel from the author of All My Friends are Superheroes. A robber holds up a Canadian bank but instead of stealing money he takes from each person the item of most sentimental value. As time passes the loss of these items have a dramatic effect on the victims: […]
♦ This title is an Aussie Author Challenge 2015 Recommended Read ♦ _________ The Chicken Thief Synopsis : Alois is The Chicken Thief, an intelligent young man impelled into a life of crime as a means of survival in southern Africa. The political climate is turbulent, with the current President experiencing lagging popularity, and under […]
A Far Cry From Kensington Synopsis Set on the crazier fringes of 1950s literary London, A Far Cry from Kensington is a delight, hilariously portraying love, fraud, death, evil, and transformation. Mrs. Hawkins, the majestic narrator of A Far Cry from Kensington, takes us well in hand and leads us back to her threadbare years in postwar […]
To Say Nothing of the Dog Synopsis Connie Willis’ Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Doomsday Book uses time travel for a serious look at how people connect with each other. In this Hugo-winning companion to that novel, she offers a completely different kind of time travel adventure: a delightful romantic comedy that pays hilarious homage to Jerome […]
Rand’s Anthem is a short but moving exploration of the power of the words ‘we’ and ‘I’. It shows how taken to the extreme on mass each of these words can evoke singlemindness leading to oppression that could prove disastrous to mankind.
Heartwarming, charming and funny – a beautiful love story for all ages.
Helen Simonson’s debut novel Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is one of the most uplifting and rewarding romance novels I’ve read in years.
This enduring classic has a wonderful sense of grandness about it. Whether it be the historical locations or the mysterious circumstances the protagonist finds herself in, all seem to take on a life of their own. This novel exudes a sense of power and foreboding – a feeling of menacing indestructability. Is her enemy amongst the living or the dead?
David Nicholls’ bestselling novel One Day is a startlingly real story told with exquisite humour, depth and compassion.
Has a novel ever made you laugh and want to cry at the same time? One Day did that to me.
Nicholls forces us to fall in love with his lead characters, Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, as we check in with them each year on the anniversary of their first liaison. How can one not feel a connection to these characters when they think the same things we have all thought? How can one not feel empathy for these hapless individuals when we have all made similar mistakes in our own lives?
Yann Martel’s debut novel Life of Pi truly deserves the accolades it has received. I was engaged and entertained by this tale. It is poignant, inspirational and life-affirming.
The predominant narrator is our protagonist Piscine Molitor Patel, who prefers to be called Pi. Interspersed within Pi’s telling of his story of survival as a teenager, is commentary from a reporter writing an article on the life of Pi many years later.
Pi grew up in a zoo and his knowledge of animal behaviours and traits is the foundation from which he shapes his view of the world and people in general.