Posts from ‘June, 2015’

June Summary and Plans for July

June hasn’t been a very good month for me. I wanted to tell you that Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts is one of the best books I’ve ever read and that Familiar Wars by Julietta Harvey is an amazing book that reminds me A Fine Balance. Instead I’ve been in and out of hospital; both for myself and members of […]

Two Wonderful Novellas in Translation

 Source: Free review copy received from publisher Translated from the Norwegian by Agnes Scott Langeland Professor Andersen’s Night by Dag Solstad Five words from the blurb: alone, sees, murder, indecision, moralist Professor Andersen’s Night is a fantastic little book, but I didn’t want to write a full review for fear of giving too much away. […]

A Right Royal Weekend!

This weekend I’ve been lucky enough to attend two Royal celebrations and I thought I’d share them with you. I often want to do a few more personal posts on this blog, but rarely do so as I don’t normally take my camera with me – blog posts just aren’t the same without images. This […]

Mary Poppins: In Books and On Screen

  I vividly remember watching Mary Poppins as a child. I loved all the songs, but had no idea the concept had originated as a series of books written by PL Travers. I discovered this recently when I watched Saving Mr Banks, a fantastic film about how Mary Poppins was brought to the big screen. Travers was born in Australia and […]

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield (Audio Book)

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: astronaut, training, success, survival, think Chris Hadfield is an inspirational man! I don’t remember how I first heard of him, but I do know that every piece of media that features him leaves me feeling empowered. Last year I saw that he was coming to the UK to […]

Quicksand by Steve Toltz

 Source: Free review copy received from publisher Five words from the blurb: friendship, failure, misfortune, writer, society Quicksand is the story of two men: Liam is a failed writer who decides to become a policeman; and Aldo is a failed entrepreneur, who is continually asking Liam to bail him out of difficult situations. The book […]