Posts from ‘April, 2011’

April Summary and Plans for May

Book of the Month Books Reviewed in April The Mountain People – Colin Turnbull  The Nobodies Album – Carolyn Parkhurst  The Story of Forgetting – Stefan Merrill Block  How I Became A Famous Novelist – Steve Hely  Serious Men – Manu Joseph  Mr Chartwell – Rebecca Hunt  The Final Testament of the Holy Bible – […]

Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother – Xinran

  Translated from Chinese by Nicky Harman A million female foetuses are aborted and tens of thousands of baby girls are abandoned every year in China. The desire for a male heir has clashed with the Chinese one-child policy to form a society where the birth of a girl is seen as a disappointment. This book gives […]

Autism Awareness Month

April is autism awareness month and so I thought I’d take this opportunity to highlight the condition. You probably know someone with undiagnosed autism. It is estimated that one in every hundred people have autism, but a diagnosis is often only obtained for those at the more severe end of the spectrum.   Does this sound like someone […]

The Story of Forgetting – Stefan Merrill Block

Five words from the blurb: Alzheimer’s, truth, forgetting, family, history The Story of Forgetting is a novel about a rare form of Alzheimer’s that affects sufferers at a devastatingly young age. Seth is just fifteen-years-old when his mother is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. He realises that he knows very little about her past and so decides to investigate, discovering some surprising […]

How I Became A Famous Novelist – Steve Hely

Five words from the blurb: write, bestseller, succeeds, fame, gleeful How I Became A Famous Novelist is a satire of the publishing industry. The central character, Pete Tarslaw, decides to become an author in order to impress his ex-girlfriend. He doesn’t have any idea what to write about and so researches the bestseller lists with […]

Read or Reject #4

My New Year’s Resolution is to give up on books that aren’t outstanding. I don’t want to miss out on a gem that happens to have a poor beginning, so I hope that you can help me sort the wheat from the chaff. Should I continue reading any of these books? The World According to […]