Posts under ‘1990s’

The Long Night of White Chickens by Francisco Goldman

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: Guatemala, orphan, murder, corruption, friends I bought this book because the title intrigued me and I hadn’t read a book set in Guatemala before. It is a long, slow read, but gives a good insight into the problems faced by those living in this country. The story […]

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Five words from the blurb: chocolate, boutique, French, town, church Chocolat is one of those books that everyone seems to have read, but I hadn’t even seen the film. This meant I was pleased when someone from my book group selected it for our next discussion. Chocolat tells the story of Vianne Rocher, a newcomer […]

Flight of Passage by Rinker Buck

Five words from the blurb: plane, boys, across, America, adventure A few weeks ago, in an effort to ease my fear of flying, I requested recommendations for positive stories about aviation. Alex suggested Flight of Passage and I’m so pleased that she did as a passion for flying oozes from the page and I now have a bank of […]

All Quiet on the Orient Express by Magnus Mills

Five words from the blurb: Lake District, quiet, camper, stays, amusement I used to live in the Lake District and so am drawn towards books set there. I had no idea that All Quiet on the Orient Express was based in the region until Annabel included it in her choice of books to represent the UK. I […]

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Five words from the blurb: love, India, independent, struggle, destiny After 10 months I’ve finally finished A Suitable Boy! It has been a strange reading experience as half the time I loved it and the rest of the time I was battling the urge to abandon it.  The book is set in 1950s India and gives […]

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

Five words from the blurb: family, farm, rape, tragic, consequences Joyce Carol Oates was one of those authors I’d always wanted to try. She has written over forty novels so it was difficult to know where to start, but a quick Twitter conversation suggested We Were the Mulvaneys might be her best, so I bought a copy. […]