February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of… Continue reading Book Review: Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders *****
Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years… Continue reading Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan *****
A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa Novel-Award winner and Sunday Times bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell. In this book, Maggie O'Farrell… Continue reading Book review: I am, I am, I am – Maggie O’Farrell *****
Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1910. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up… Continue reading Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel – Heather O’Neill ***
A man wakes up in a forest. He has no idea who he is or where he is. There's only one thing on his mind, a name. "Anna". Seconds later he's chasing another man who's chasing a woman. She's screaming, a shot is fired, then nothing. Silence. It's the start of a day that will become increasingly insane, the more it is repeated because yes, you're now stuck in the loop that is Blackheath. But don't worry, you'll enjoy your stay.