Posts from ‘June, 2014’

June Summary and Plans for July

Many thanks for all the kind messages you’ve sent recently. My health is continuing to improve – although I have more tests to complete and still don’t know the cause of my heart problem. I’ve been able to read again, but only managed to finish 4 books in June. Luckily two of these were fantastic […]

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  William Golding was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983 Five words from the blurb: boys, marooned, island, transformed, savages There are several large holes in my reading history and Lord of the Flies was one of the biggest. It is so entrenched in our culture that I felt I knew what it […]

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

Five words from the blurb: San Francisco, secretary, coincidences, life, romantic Tales of the City is set in San Francisco during the 1970s. The novel revolves around a boarding house where a diverse range of characters live and socialise in a free society, full of sex and drugs. I was pleased when my book group […]

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

 Translated from the French by Sam Taylor Five words from the blurb: American, disappearance, mystery, writer, love The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is an intricately plotted murder mystery set in New England. It begins with Harry Quebert, a famous author, being arrested for the murder of a 15-year-old girl who went missing thirty […]

The Shining Levels by John Wyatt

Five words from the blurb: Lake District, forest, joys, deer, friendship The Shining Levels is a beautiful book about the joys of the English countryside. It is an autobiographical account of John Wyatt’s move to a small stone hut in the Lake District, where he lives without many home comforts. He often takes things further by […]

The Mouseproof Kitchen by Saira Shah

Five words from the blurb: baby, disabled, motherhood, France, cookery The Mouseproof Kitchen is a searingly honest book about the mixed emotions experienced by parents when they have a disabled child. The book begins with Anna giving birth to Freya, a baby with profound disabilities. Freya will never be able to walk or talk like […]