Audiobook Review: The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

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Although I finished this novel pretty much ages ago, I felt like I couldn’t write a review straight away because I wasn’t actually sure how I felt about it. I went into it fairly blind; the only plot detail I knew was that it was set in Switzerland around the time of the Second World War and that Erich Perle, a policeman and Gustav’s father, had lost his job for helping Jewish refugees to enter the country by falsifying documents. Continue reading “Audiobook Review: The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain”

February Book Club Part 2: The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

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There were several points of comparison between this and our first book club title, The Goldfish Boy. They both dealt with a missing person case and its impact on a close-knit community, and both impart a strong message about belonging and friendship. However, my book group felt that, despite being a children’s book, The Goldfish Boy had much more subtlety, pace and intrigue than the adult bestseller The Trouble With Goats and Sheep. Continue reading “February Book Club Part 2: The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon”

Book Review: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

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I have had mixed experiences with prize-winning novels in the past; I sometimes feel that the qualities of these books so lauded by the critics differ to those that I might look for myself in a novel. I didn’t actually know that Days Without End had been nominated for the Costa Book Awards and was in fact halfway through reading it when it was announced. Continue reading “Book Review: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry”