Category: Reviews

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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Dec 14

The Book and The Film: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

THE BOOK AND THE FILM: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel                              By Deborah Moggach Unlike some people who say they will wait for the film, I always say that I prefer to read the book first. Only on very few occasion have …

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Dec 08

Exposure by Helen Dunmore

Exposure by Helen Dunmore Exposure by Helen Dunmore is ostensibly a spy story, set at the height of the Cold War and the scandals of the notorious spies, Burgess and Maclean and the like. The atmosphere of this post war period of secrets and the race for nuclear supremacy is described with empathy and just …

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Nov 28

Critiques and Reviews

Critiques and reviews Two sessions: Week 1 NB: Ask readers in advance to read : Writing Reviews Ask members to write down a short list of what they think they should look for/comment on, if asked to write a critique of a short story that would be useful to the writer. Share and discuss ideas …

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Oct 28

All the Lasting Things by David Hopson

All the Lasting Things by David Hopson When I started All the Lasting Things by David Hopson I thought it was going to be a fairly light read. The opening style was entertaining and quite frivolous, the main character slightly ludicrous.   But then Max turns up and it all becomes much more intense.   …

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Oct 02

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr ‘All the light we cannot see’ by Anthony Doerr is beautifully written with wonderful attention to detail. The story may be a little contrived but it is so sensitively written that you cannot help but empathise with each of the to main characters, both victims of …

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