Category Archive: Reviews

Jul 16

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks is a superbly written story that begins in France  before the start of The First World war and takes the main character through to 1918. Twenty-year old Stephen Wrayford  was sent to Amiens in 1910 to learn more about the textile industry, and lodged at the home …

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Jun 25

The Little Red Chairs

The Little Red Chairs By Edna O’Brien A stranger arrives in a village in Ireland. Charismatic and exotic, he sets himself up as a ‘healer’ and soon ingratiates himself with the villagers. One woman in particular, Fidelma, falls under his charm and her infatuation has devastating consequences. Her anguish and personal humiliation are made many …

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Jun 11

The Girl Before

The Girl Before By JP Delaney Then: Emma and Simon are desperate for a home they can afford but after a burglary and assault on Emma they want to live in a nicer area and need security. The quest to find what they want is doomed to fail it seems, until they pass the rigorous …

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Jun 01

EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES

EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES   BY ‘everyonesacritic.com’   Luring holiday-makers away from the bars and beaches of Lanzarote into a two hour show of spoken word and music would sound like Mission Impossible, and even if Tom Cruise were their star guest, Lanzarote Creative Writing Group might find it tough.   However May’s edition of …

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May 11

The Husband’s Secret

The Husband’s Secret By Liane Moriarty Cecilia is the most organised person she knows. Esther, the middle one of her three daughters, has moved on from her most recent passion, The Titanic, to a new obsession, The Berlin Wall! Whilst looking for a fragment of the wall from her younger days Cecilia finds an intriguing …

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Mar 05

Daughters of the Dragon

Daughters of the Dragon By William Andrews Growing up in America, Anna did not think much about being adopted or about her Korean birth mother, until her American mother died. She and her father join a group of other Korean born adoptees, on a journey to meet their birth mothers at the orphanage in Seoul …

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Feb 19

Napoleon’s Last Island

Napoleon’s Last Island By  Thomas Keneally   I was frankly somewhat disappointed in Napoleon’s Last Island by Thomas Keneally. I do not read a lot of historical fiction but I enjoy a fictionalised account of a real person’s life which gives some biography and interesting background. This book is the story of Napoleon’s exile on …

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Feb 16

Twists of Lust and Trust

Twists of Lust and Trust By Karin Rick Review: Originally published in German as ‘Chaos Girl’, ‘Twists of Lust and Trust’ is Austrian author, Karin Rick’s ninth book, and her first to be published in English. It tells of the love affair between Irene and Anita. Anita is impulsive, even reckless. Irene is captivated and …

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Feb 14

The Book and the Film: Jungle Book

THE BOOK AND THE FILM Jungle Book   “Oh, coo ca choo, I wanna be like you-hoo-hoo,” said the film to the book, once Uncle Walt had decided that Mr. Kipling had, indeed, produced an exceedingly good tale. Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book contained related short stories and I first read them by torchlight under the …

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Jan 28

A LITTLE BIT OF ROCHDALE IN LANZAROTE

A LITTLE BIT OF ROCHDALE IN LANZAROTE   by Norman Warwick   passitonnorm@gmail.com   Three contributors to our aata pages also contributed to A Pint And A Poem Night on Lanzarote recently. It was a barely disguised attempt to recreate a Sunday Night At The Baum, free trade if you like, in these post Brexit-vote …

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