Category: Contemporary

Identity Crisis by Ben Elton: Book Review

Why are we all so hostile? So quick to take offence? Truly we are living in the age of outrage. A series of apparently random murders draws amiable, old-school Detective Mick Matlock into a world of sex, politics, reality TV and a bewildering kaleidoscope of opposing identity groups. Lost in a blizzard of hashtags, his

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon: Book Review

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe: A Review

The story follows Okonkwo, an important member of a village in central Africa, as he goes about his daily life and during the beginning of Western colonialism. It is so refreshing to read a book set in Africa that does not portray the indigenous people as ‘savages’ or similar. Achebe himself was present during the

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The Lie of the Land by Amanda Craig: A Review

Amanda Craig has written an epic that explore the intricate boundaries of society and human interaction. The layered structure and multiple viewpoints coherently illustrates the story in such a beautiful way. I am a sucker for a bit of black comedy so the dialogue between characters and the depictions of their thoughts were humorous and

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A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Meet thirtysomething dad, Alex He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn’t understand him. Something has to change. And he needs to start with himself. Meet eight-year-old Sam Beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can’t solve on his own.

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Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler: A Review

‘Sweetbitter’ is an enthralling novel about a year in the life of a wonderfully individual young woman living in New York.  Twenty-two year old, Tess manages to land a job as a “backwaiter” at a Manhattan restaurant. As we are taken through her chaotic but marvellous life she has chosen, we see how her education on wines, drugs

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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger: A Review

Themes of light-hearted humour contrast with the more depressing and thought-provoking in this modern coming of age novel. The book begins at the end of Holden’s school life and extends to his few days he spends ‘bumming around’ in New York. he meets many people, like taxi drivers, nuns and a prostitute, but none have time to

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