Tag Archives: book review

“White Teeth” by Zadie Smith (1999) – book review

I’d give my absolute eyeteeth to have a cup of tea with Zadie Smith. The critics’ comments splashed all round the cover of this national bestseller give a hint of what’s to come (good news, seeing as just occasionally the reviews … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books on the Big Screen | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“Light Years” by James Salter (1975) – book review

Far from a “ten from Len” it’s more like a “three from me” I’m sad to report. I had great hopes and overworked anticipation when we chose this book for the January book group read at the beginning of this … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

“We Need to Talk about Kevin” by Lionel Shriver (2003) – book review

Read a good while back, and subsequently watched the film starring Tilda Swinton, but now revisiting it in the light of it being the Orange / Baileys’s book of the year for 2005, and to urge anyone who knows not the plot to … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books on the Big Screen | Tagged , , , , | 19 Comments

“A Sweet Obscurity” by Patrick Gale (2003) – book review – & P.G.’s ‘Top Eleven Book List’

Over the years, I have steadily clocked up more and more Patrick Gale books here and there and have become quite the fan. I even find myself getting quite excited about his chats at the end of each novel, where … Continue reading

Posted in Book Lists, Book Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

“Case Histories” (2004), “One Good Turn (2006), “When Will There Be Good News?” (2008), “Started Early, Took My Dog” (2010) by Kate Atkinson – book reviews

             Am picturing an ideal long weekend away from it all: plenty of Prosecco on tap, nearest and dearest in but also out of the picture/room (ideally providing something comforting like shepherd’s pie periodically), the rain … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books on the Big Screen | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

The Brothers Karamazov (1880) by Fyodor Dostoevsky – book review

All those hours spent reading this and checking off the Cliff Notes along the way to be sure I had not lost the plot. Have no-one to blame but myself, for ’twas I who stuck my neck out and said … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , | 12 Comments

“A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler (2015) – book review

I don’t suppose many other people have watched the film “Philomena” three times (I know, ridiculous) and will have a clue what I am rabbiting on about, but if you too are a fan of Judi Dench and everything she touches, … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments