January Picks

Cranston, Bryan (2016) A life in parts. Scribner. In this engaging memoir Bryan Cranston explores the many parts he has played in his life - from abandoned son, paperboy, farmhand, dockhand, jobbing actor to gifted storyteller and much lauded "star". He has applied life's learnings to shaping his craft and building a career. In the account of his most memorable role,… Continue reading January Picks

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December Picks

Ferrante, Elena (2015) The Story of the Lost Child. Europa Editions. In Ferrante's final Neapolitan novel the protagonists are now mature women, once again domiciled on the mean streets of Naples. Elena is now a respected writer, and Lila an unstoppable entrepreneur. As they challenge and become more deeply bound to the ruthless anger and brutality of their neighbourhood they face serious consequences, for themselves and the ones they… Continue reading December Picks

Best Picks 2016

There has been some great reading in 2016. I have binged on psychological thrillers, loving the genre. However it is the mix of good fiction, and a little bit of non-fiction, that has stretched and engaged me over the year. These are my top ten reads for 2016: 1.Koch, Herman (2016) Dear Mr M. Hogarth. This complex psychological mystery unfolds… Continue reading Best Picks 2016

October Picks

Patchett, Ann (2016) Commonwealth. Bloomsbury. When Bert Cousins turns up uninvited at Franny Keating's christening party and kisses her mother, Beverly, the fate of two families is turned on its head. The kiss leads to a new blended family of the six Keating and Cousins children bouncing back and forth between Southern California and Virginia. Over the next five decades life unfolds,… Continue reading October Picks

August Picks

Middleton, Nick (2015) An Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist: A compendium of fifty unrecognised and largely unnoticed states.  Macmillan. Physical geographer Nick Middleton takes a detailed look at the world's hidden states and forgotten peoples. Filled with stories and 50 regional maps it outlines the history and legitimacy of countries, from island nations to states within… Continue reading August Picks