December Picks

Hoffman, Alice (2017) The Rules of Magic. Simon & Schuster. In the prequel to Practical Magic Hoffman introduces us to Franny and Jet, the relatives who raised Sally and Gillian Owen, and a four-hundred year old family curse. Franny, Jet and their brother Vincent are children of the sixties, ever mindful of the rules of magic set… Continue reading December Picks


November Picks

Harper, Jane (2017) Force of Nature. Pan Macmillan. The Dry was one of my favourite books of 2016, now Jane Harper has released her new mystery where Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk is again the unlikely hero. Five women are reluctantly part of a corporate retreat in the rugged Giralang Ranges. As they hike deeper… Continue reading November Picks

October Picks

Zomorodi, Manoush (2017) Bored and Brilliant: How spacing out can unlock your most productive and creative self. St Martin's Press.  Bored and Brilliant builds on a 2015 experiment where listeners of a popular podcast and radio show unplugged their devices to get bored and jump-start their creativity.  Zomprodi explores the concept of boredom and original… Continue reading October Picks

September Picks

Meyer, Stephanie (2016) The Chemist. Sphere. As a fan of the Twilight saga I was keen to read Stephanie Meyer's little hyped latest offering. Interrogator and medic, Alex, tortured terrorists for a shadowy US government organisation before the agency turned on her. Now she is on the run carrying various chemical compounds to keep the assassins  at… Continue reading September Picks

August Picks

Foster, Sara (2017) The Hidden Hours.  Simon & Schuster. When publishing executive Arabella Lane is found dead in the Thames suspicion points to the new office temp, Eleanor, who had been partying with Arabella prior to her death. Eleanor has travelled to London to start a new life and escape the trauma of her youth.… Continue reading August Picks

July Picks

Hughes, Bettany (2017) Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Istanbul, the metropolis nestled on the banks of the Bosphorus, is the gateway between east and west. Hughes' epic is a biography of the city's three incarnations - Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul, taking us from prehistory to the modern day, and exploring the city's legends, magic… Continue reading July Picks

June Picks

Halson, Penrose (2016) Marriages are made in Bond Street: True stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau. Macmillan. Before Tinder, and sex-before-marriage, there was marriage and match-making. Mary Oliver and Heather Jenner set up the Marriage Bureau in the late 1930s on London's Bond Street and clients from all walks of life soon started queuing.  They devised their own esoteric formula… Continue reading June Picks