Book Review

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Book Review: ‘H’ is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

It’s not difficult to see why Helen Macdonald’s memoir of training a goshawk won the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction. In beautiful prose with more than just a touch of the poetic, she recounts how her hurt mind struggled to right itself after the devastating loss of her father in the companionship and education of … Continue reading

Book Review: Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness by Sarwat Chadda

After the surprising ending of the last novel, Ash and Parvati find themselves trapped in an alternate timeline which began when Lord Savage used his newly gained magical powers to travel back in time and change the past. Here, Savage is seen as a generous and benevolent philanthropist who has used his immense fortune to … Continue reading

Book Review: Ash Mistry and the City of Death

Ash Mistry and the City of Death begins with the hero of the tale troubled by his new found powers and trying to learn his place in the world. He has a crush on his schoolmate Gemma and is trying to work up the courage to make an advance on her. However, the past encroaches … Continue reading

Book Review: Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda

Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress is a book about a boy named Ash Mistry, who is a chubby British Asian thirteen year old who loves gaming with his friends. Ash has an interest in Indian ancient history, so he and his sister, Lucky, are visiting Varanasi, a holy city in India for their holidays. … Continue reading

Book Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami; translated by Philip Gabriel

Haruki Murakami’s gripping tale catches the reader with the first line. It begins with Tsukuru Tazaki in his sophomore year in college, contemplating thoughts of suicide. The reason is quickly explained. One day, during the summer vacation of his sophomore year, between the first and second semesters, his four closest friends, the friends he’d known … Continue reading

Book Review: The Narrow Road to the North by Richard Flanagan

The Booker Prize winning novel, The Narrow Road to the North is structured around the life of its reluctant hero, surgeon Dorrigo Evans. Dorrigo conducts a love affair with his uncle’s young wife which is interrupted by the onset of the Second World War. He then finds himself in a Japanese POW camp on the … Continue reading

Book Review – D is for Dahl

Roald Dahl’s books have sold over 90 million copies worldwide and still remain popular. However, Dahl once encountered a reader who was severely displeased with his work. On this occasion, he helped his daughter Lucy with her English homework. He wrote a story especially for her, then Lucy copied it out neatly and handed it … Continue reading

Book Review – The Forgotten Tale of Larsa by Seja Majeed

I first met Seja Majeed a few years ago. I had criticised a poster campaign she was part of and the article led her to the blog I was writing at the time. She turned out to be a friendly presence online, very giving with suggestions for writing material and opportunities. It also turned out … Continue reading

Book Review – Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski

Little Boy Lost Marghanita Laski Persephone Books   When I was very much younger, my grandfather would take me on long walks. Here, in the shaded fresh air amongst the trees, upon the cool, green grass, the sprightly old man would entertain me with stories from India and I would be absolutely spell-bound.   My … Continue reading

Book Review – Art and Feminism by Helena Reckett and Peggy Phelan (eds.)

Art and Feminism Helena Reckett and Peggy Phelan (eds.) Phaidon   “Alluringly open, deceptively simple, art and feminism is a seductive subject.” Thus writes Peggy Phelan at the outset of her survey in this brilliant overview. However, Phelan also indicates the difficulties in exploring the seductions of this important topic, writing “(f)ull of strange overlays … Continue reading