The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

I could not wait to get my hands on The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. This was the book that everyone in the UK was talking about and most of my friends seemed to have loved it. To me this had ‘summer read’ written all over it (in a way The Goldfinch did […]

The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Nasty. When I sat down to write about this book, that was the first and perhaps only adjective that sprang to mind. The Luckiest Girl Alive is one of those books at the moment, and I’m thinking largely about the work of Gillian Flynn, where the main female protagonist is utterly awful. Knoll takes this […]

Euphoria by Lily King

I picked up Euphoria, by Lily King, for the most superficial of reasons, I really liked the cover. I should know better, for how many books have I loved over the years with the worst covers? However, this time it worked. Often I read books and feel a great sadness when they end. This can […]

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Surely The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt must be one the the most reviewed and talked about books of the last ten years. Certainly it was one of the most anticipated. I had mixed feelings about it. I don’t know why, but from the very beginning the title bored me. The Secret History had been the […]

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Sometimes, when I feel nostalgic for home, The Husband and I will spend an evening or two watching UK TV together. This normally cures our need for outright sarcasm and the type of pithy humour or gritty drama that only the UK seems able to produce. One night we found ourselves watching Film 2015, an […]