April Picks

Hamilton, Alwyn (2017) Traitor to the Throne. Faber & Faber. In the second instalment of Hamilton's Rebel of the Sands saga Demdji-girl Amani is kidnapped and held prisoner in the Sultan's Palace.  Here she is forced to return to her desert cunning in her attempt to bring the tyrant down. As the quest to liberate Miraji continues the complex… Continue reading April Picks


March Picks

Aveyard, Victoria (2017) King's Cage. Harper. In the third instalment of Aveyard's Red Queen series we find our heroine Mare Barrow a prisoner, without her lightening, living at the mercy of a king she once loved. As Mare bears the weight of the Silent Stone the rebellion continues, blood vs blood, ability vs ability, allegiances tested on every… Continue reading March Picks

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

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