Book review: The Judas Case by Nicholas Graham

My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a beautifully written novel by the erudite Nicholas Graham. Set in Biblical times, this is absolutely not a book that staunchly evangelical Christians are going to enjoy but everyone else will. There is much that you will recognise from the Gospel stories and, of course, many of… Read More Book review: The Judas Case by Nicholas Graham

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Book Review: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars So, I need to make apparent the bleeding obvious disclosure, right from the beginning, that I am white, male, of the professional class, very firmly heterosexual and (regrettably) pushing too close to 50. All of which, more or less, disqualify me as a (stereo)typical reviewer for Evaristo’s astonishing novel.… Read More Book Review: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Book Review: The Compleat Discworld Atlas by Terry Pratchett

The Compleat Discworld Atlas by Terry Pratchett My rating: 5 of 5 stars If the overtly colonial ‘King Solomon’s Mines’ was my secret porn (as I wrote recently), then Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series is my opium – and one I’m open and honest about. The series of books was unique for a number of reasons,… Read More Book Review: The Compleat Discworld Atlas by Terry Pratchett

Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood My rating: 4 of 5 stars There’s no doubt about it, Margaret Atwood spins a good yarn. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is an interesting, well-written dystopian story of a near future where strict and extremist Christian religion has taken over the entire political and social order of America and subdued… Read More Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Book Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

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