Disgrace by J M Coetzee: A Review

There are books which stay with you for months and years beyond the final page; there are books which draw you in to the point where you cease to feel time; there are books which transport you to a different time and place, yet keep you rooted fully here in the present. This book achieves … Continue reading Disgrace by J M Coetzee: A Review

Review: The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

  'I REMEMBER EVERYTHING. MEMORY FILLS MY BODY AS MUCH AS BLOOD AND BONES.  This is Mary. A mother whose son was taken from her and lost to the world. A woman who lives now in exile, watched by those who seek to preserve the sanctity of her son's memory. But Mary's recollections of his … Continue reading Review: The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

The Darker Side of Life: Reality and Fiction

I was planning to write a specific post for today until I read the news this morning. I was horrified by the graphic nature of the news that a baby had been flushed down a public and filthy toilet in China. Although this is not the first time it has happened, this seems particularly horrific because of … Continue reading The Darker Side of Life: Reality and Fiction

A Library Snapshot

I have been reading a mixture of books recently and many of them are too good not to share, so I'd like to dip into each one and give you a glimpse of what makes the books stand out in a crowded bookshelf. I haven't finished all of them so these are just outlines and … Continue reading A Library Snapshot