Book Review – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I received my copy of Eleanor Oliphant at the Big Book Bonanza event held by HarperCollins in London (thank you very much!).  It was the first big publishing event I’d attended and it was something of a revelation to walk around tables piled high with all kinds of brand new hardbacks and paperbacks and proofs and just… take what you wanted. I was literally like a kid in a sweet shop. I may or may not have staggered back to the tube with a tote bag stuffed full of 10 books. Continue reading “Book Review – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman”

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”