Posts from ‘September, 2015’

Every Boy Should Have a Man by Preston L Allen

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: man, pet, bond, wild, dystopian Every Boy Should Have a Man is a strange fable set at a time when the Earth is suffering from climate change. ‘Man’ is in danger of extinction – partly from lack of habitat, but also because giant ‘Oafs’ are keeping them as […]

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: weird, life, people, faults, love The First Bad Man is a very strange book! I have to give it credit for its originality, but unfortunately I could only stand its bizarre characters for a limited amount of time.  The plot focused on Cheryl, a forty-three-year-old single woman who […]

Kauthar by Meike Ziervogel

  Source: Free review copy received from publisher Five words from the blurb: Islam, rituals, love, extremism, terrifying Kauthar follows a young woman as she converts to Islam and then becomes increasingly radicalised. The subject matter is particularly pertinent to our society today and I’m pleased that I am now more informed about the issues involved. Unfortunately it […]

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: college, friendship, decades, New York, trauma A Little Life is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. The evolving relationship between four college friends over several decades sounds like nothing special, but Yanagihara manages to get under their skin in a way few writers can. […]

Educating Ruby by Guy Claxton and Bill Lucas

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: schools, progressive, change, children, confidence I’m currently trying to decide which secondary school to send my children to, so I bought a copy of this book in the hope it might give me an idea of what to look for when I’m visiting them. It proved excellent […]

July/August Summary and Plans for September

I’ve had a very busy summer, spending time with friends and family. I’ve managed to keep up the reading, but haven’t been able to keep this blog up to date. Hopefully I’ll be able to do that now things are getting back to normal. Over the summer I read two outstanding books: Shantaram by Gregory David […]