‘Memoirs of a Geisha’

Author: Arthur Golden ISBN: 9780099771517 Published: 1997 (this edition 1998) Arthur Golden’s ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ is one of those books many people have recommended to me over the years. Now I’ve finally read the novel, I can confirm that it does indeed deserve its reputation as a historical novel that beautifully evokes a mysterious […]

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‘Beneath the Surface’

Author: John Hargrove (with Howard Chua-Eoan) ISBN: 978-1-137-28010-7 Published: 2015 As an animal lover, and thus a SeaWorld hater, I’d been both anticipating and feeling somewhat apprehensive about reading ‘Beneath the Surface’ for quite some time. The book is an exposé on SeaWorld written by former senior orca trainer, and now orca advocate,  John Hargrove […]

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‘Before I go to Sleep’

Author: S.J. Watson ISBN: 9780857520814 Published: 2011 Sometimes one simply finds a book that fails to size up to its reputation. Unfortunately, ‘Before I go to Sleep’ by S.J. Watson- the story of a 47 year old amnesiac names Christine who forgets the last 20 years of her life every time she falls asleep- falls […]

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‘I let you go’

Author: Clare Mackintosh ISBN: 978-0-7515-5415-1 Published: 2014 (this edition 2015) ‘I let you go’ by Clare Mackintosh tells the story of a five year old boy killed in a hit and run, and the local police’s search for his killer. The book is so ‘twisty’ that it may actually be difficult to review without giving […]

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‘The Girl on the Train’

Author: Paula Hawkins ISBN: 9780857522313 Published: 2015 It’s finally time for me to review ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins. Widely considered to be 2015’s answer to ‘Gone Girl’, the novel tells the story of a murdered housewife. Unfortunately, I seem to be the only person who hasn’t been completely hooked by the […]

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