Category: Reviews

Oct 29

History and purpose of the Writing Group.

History and purpose of the Writing Group. At the very first session of the Lanzarote Creative Writing Group the members were given a list of subjects and asked to write for 15 minutes on each of two of them. No-one was obliged to share what they had written but everyone wanted to do so. The …

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Oct 23

The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife By Paula McLain The Paris Wife is written as a novel but tells the true story of Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage. The author says that she was at great pains to make it as accurate as possible. It is well written, as far as the actual prose is concerned and is a …

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Sep 30

The Marriage Lie

The Marriage Lie By Kimberly Belle Thought provoking, tantalising and gripping to the end, The Marriage Lie keeps the reader guessing right to the final eye-popping twist. Iris and Will have a perfect marriage and are very much in love. Before he leaves on a trip Will gives Iris an expensive gift, a love token …

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Sep 18

The Absence of Guilt

The Absence of Guilt By Mark Gimenez The Absence of Guilt is the third book that I have read by the author and I look forward to catching up on the rest. Mark Gimenez writes courtroom dramas and has been compared to John Grisham. The Absence of Guilt has a current, very relevant theme and …

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Aug 27

Dominion by C J Sansom

Book Review: Dominion by C J Sansom   Although I am a fan of C J Sansom I did not think that I would particularly enjoy this book when I saw the setting. I tackled it first of all because it was a Book Club read. But I was so wrong. It was a superb …

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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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