Posts from ‘February, 2015’

Mini Reviews: The Sweetest Thing, Esperanza Street and If I Fall, If I Die

If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie Five words from the blurb: never, outside, mother, anxiety, freedom If I Fall, If I Die had an amazing beginning – the observations of Will, a child living with an agoraphobic mother, were perfectly captured and the claustrophobic atmosphere was built up beautifully. Unfortunately it all seemed […]

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (Audio Book)

  Five words from the blurb: death, knowledge, life, before, mystery Harry August was born in 1919, but when he dies he is born again at exactly the same moment – with a complete knowledge of everything that happened during his previous lives. He discovers a small number of other people who experience the same […]

In the Time of Madness by Richard Lloyd Parry

Five words from the blurb: Indonesia, violence, cannibalism, besieged, crisis People Who Eat Darkness is my favourite true-crime book so I was excited to read another of Richard Lloyd Parry’s books. Unfortunately In the Time of Madness wasn’t in the same league and I found the brutality too much to bear. In 1997 Richard Lloyd […]

Lost and Found by Brooke Davis (Audio book)

Narrated by : Helen Walsh, Nicolette McKenzie and Nigel Carrington  Five words from the blurb: girl, journey, discover, death, hope Two trends seem to have dominated the fiction market recently: Old people discovering the joys of life and doing adventurous/dangerous things Child narrators, particularly those having a tough life. Lost and Found manages to combine the two in a […]

Into That Forest by Louis Nowra

Five words from the blurb: girls, lost, wild, Tasmania, tigers Into That Forest is a powerful book about two girls who find themselves alone in the wilderness after a tragic accident. Lost in the dense forests of Tasmania, they are cold and hungry; but their lives are saved by a Tasmanian tiger. They develop a […]

The Darkroom of Damocles by W.F. Hermans

 Translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke Five words from the blurb: occupation, Holland, assassinations, traitors, impossibility The Darkroom of Damocles is set in Holland during WWII. It centres on Henri, a young man who is approached and asked to perform a series of assignments. These become increasingly dangerous, but his loyalty to the British […]