BookClub Reads: Sweet Tooth

Plot: Ian McEwan’s first female protagonist as far as I am aware. This novel is the ultimate seduction.  Cambridge student Serena Frome’s beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England’s legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by […]

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Book Review: Ivy Lane

Plot: Tilly Parker needs a fresh start, fresh air and a fresh attitude if she is ever to leave the past behind and move on with her life. As she seeks out peace and quiet in a new town, taking on a plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution. But the friendly […]

Book Review: The Sea

Plot: In this luminous new novel about love, loss, and the unpredictable power of memory, John Banville introduces us to Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child to cope with the recent loss of his wife. It is also a […]

Book Review: The Little Cafe in Copenhagen

Plot: Welcome to the little cafe in Copenhagen where the smell of cinnamon fills the air and the hot chocolate is as smooth as silk. Publicist Kate Sinclair’s life in London is everything she thought she wanted: success, glamour and a charming boyfriend. Until that boyfriend goes behind her back and snatches a much sought-after […]

Book Review: Killer Diamonds

Plot: After decades in the spotlight as an Oscar-winning film star and famous beauty, Vivienne Winter is one of the most recognizable women on the planet. When she decides to auction her multimillion dollar jewellery collection for charity, there’s no shortage of people eager to buy a piece of her incredible history. Young, ambitious Christine […]

Book Review: Tender Is The Night

Plot: Tender Is The Night tells the story of a young psychiatrist Dick Diver who falls in love with his patient Nicole and marries her.  In fact, when the book opens they are already married, and the history of how they meet and fall in love is told in flashback.  They spend their summers in […]

Book Review: The Notebook

Plot: A man with a faded, well-worn notebook open in his lap. A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn’t understand. Until he begins to read to her. An achingly tender story about the enduring power of love. Review: I went into reading this novel thinking it is a cliche. Very dramatic and too romance […]

BookClub Reads: A Room with a View

Plot: “But you do,” he went on, not waiting for contradiction. “You love the boy body and soul, plainly, directly, as he loves you, and no other word expresses it …” Lucy has her rigid, middle-class life mapped out for her, until she visits Florence with her uptight cousin Charlotte, and finds her neatly ordered […]

Book Review: The Comfort of Strangers

Plot: As their holiday unfolds, Colin and Maria are locked into their own intimacy. They groom themselves meticulously, as though there waits someone who cares deeply about how they appear. Then they meet a man with a disturbing story to tell and become drawn into a fantasy of violence and obsession. Review:  I’ve heard many […]

Book Review: The Bell Jar

Plot: Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.  Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her […]

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