Tag: Books

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 17

World Book Day

World Book Day 20 March 2017 is World Book Day   A total of fifteen million book tokens will be given away to children in the UK, on 20 March 2017 as once again World Book Day is celebrated in schools. The children can exchange their book tokens, at participating book stores for any one …

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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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Feb 04

What drives the story?

What drives the story? Aspiring writers are always encouraged to read avidly and widely. Reading for pleasure is a great source of enjoyment. It is also a source of information. Even in quite light fiction it is impossible not to pick up bits of information. If the setting is a real place then you find …

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Jan 11

What’s in a Book?

What’s in a Book? PART 1 Task 1 Working quickly, read through the following list of things you might look for, enjoy, or feel appropriate to, different types of story or book. Allocate them to the type (see headings below) that you think each best fits into.   Fast action      Descriptive passages      Surprise endings      Conflict …

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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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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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Aug 29

The Widow by Fiona Barton

The Widow by Fiona Barton ‘The Widow‘ in question, in this psychological thriller by Fiona Barton, is Jean Taylor the wife of a man who has been killed by a bus, taking with him to his grave, it seems, the truth about whether he did or did not kidnap and murder two year old Bella …

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