Posts from ‘November, 2015’

Books in Brief: The Little White Horse, Neurotribes and The Getting of Wisdom

 Source: Library The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge  Five words from the blurb: orphan, happiness, scary, valley, magical I picked up a copy of this book after seeing an interview in which JK Rowling named it as one of her childhood favourites. The story follows Maria, a young girl forced to move onto her […]

Home is Burning by Dan Marshall

 Source: Free review copy received from publisher Five words from the blurb: dying, parents, motor neurone disease, cancer, hilarious Home is Burning is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. It is a brutally honest description of what it is like to look after someone who is terminally ill. It manages to combine the […]

News From Nowhere by William Morris

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: society, Utopia, Thames, visitor, future The News From Nowhere was published in 1890 and is a fascinating insight into what Victorians imagined life would be like at the end of the 20th century. The book’s narrator, William Guest, falls asleep in 1890 and wakes up a hundred years […]

The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: Bombay, forgery, gangs,friends, violence Shantaram is one of my favourite books so I was looking forward to reading the sequel. Unfortunately The Mountain Shadow isn’t in the same league and actually highlighted the flaws of its predecessor, making both books appear worse than they really are. The Mountain Shadow […]

September/October Summary and Plans for November

The summer was so busy that I didn’t read much, but things have been a lot quieter since my boys returned to school. This means I’m back to my usual level of reading and am getting through the stacks again. I’ve read a nice selection of books, but my favourite read, by a long margin, […]