Five Go Gluten Free by Bruno Vincent My rating: 4 of 5 stars I never read reviews of books before I write one myself. I’d rather give my own thoughts and find I’m a lone voice than be influenced by the opinions of the masses. However, after writing a review I do like to take… Read More Book Review: Five Go Gluten Free by Bruno Vincent
Five on Brexit Island by Bruno Vincent My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sometimes, you just want a book to chill out with rather than tax your heart or your mind. For that reason I picked up my two ‘Enid Blyton for adults’ books, bought for me as a Christmas gift, and decided to plough… Read More Book Review: Five on Brexit Island by Bruno Vincent
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan My rating: 5 of 5 stars It is not normal to say this about a book of history but: ‘The Silks Roads’ is one of the most exciting and illuminating books I’ve ever read. By ‘exciting’ I mean the way a novel should… Read More Book Review: The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a novel I was looking forward to reading. There’s something lovely about period novels (this one set in 17th century Amsterdam) because they are usually well-researched and details are accurate. In today’s internet-ready global village, an author can’t get away with ‘winging… Read More Book Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
I am very pleased to announce that my forthcoming new book ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen…’ is coming very forth indeed! Part travelogue, part guide to the newbie visitor to Bangladesh, ‘Mad Dogs’ will educate and amuse readers who want to know just what it feels like to be a foreigner in a very strange land. I will give… Read More Announcement: My next book is coming!
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey My rating: 3 of 5 stars This novel was bought as holiday slush, a get-away-from-real-work kind of a book. Yet another semi-tired old post-apocalyptic flesh-eating zombie story which combined ‘I am Legend’ with ’28 Weeks Later’. While I can’t pretend the novel is a literary masterpiece… Read More Book Review: The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy My rating: 5 of 5 stars I don’t think I’ve experienced such a conversion experience – last minute, at that – as I have with Arundhati Roy’s first (and until recently, only) novel. The need for conversion may have arisen from prejudice, I confess. On reading an… Read More Book Review: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy