Snoop: What your stuff says about you – A book review

I borrowed this book because it promises to impart Sherlock Holmes / Hercule Poirot type of deduction. These “armchair” detectives note some clues, piece them together, and voila! They’ve solved a crime. Imagine doing that in everyday life – whoever knows my superpower would quake in their shoes. While the book delved into some things […]

Not the End of the World: a Book Review

Kate Atkinson’s work reads like a collection of short stories, but is like a box of Kinder Bueno chocolate eggs. Surprise 1: A third of the way through, the stories start to collide. Two women drive through the same storm and accident on the M9 highway… A woman dies from a dental procedure, and another story tells […]

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. A Book Review

How do you tell someone you love that you’re dying? Or leaving? Safran Foer explores this through the adventures of Oskar Schell, a nine-year old who lost his father when the Twin Towers came crashing down. Oskar hides his Dad’s final voice mails from his mum, to protect her. He keeps his memories of his dad […]

One Hundred Names

I finally got round to Cecilia Ahern’s One Hundred Names. Truth be told I wasn’t quite looking forward to it after The Gift ended all morally preachy, and friends said her books are hit-and-miss. But the message of One Hundred Names resonated strongly: Katherine Logan, a journalist, was drawn to the glitz of TV like a moth, lost […]