The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende is a charming book. Set in one of my favourite places, San Francisco, it follows the life of Alma Belasco,…

Read Article →
Where my heart used to beat

Where my heart used to beat

I always love reading a novel by Sebastian Faulks (see my blog on A Possible Life) so was looking forward to his new one Where…

Read Article →
The man in the wooden hat

The man in the wooden hat

For my birthday my sister gave me The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam. It’s actually the second in the ‘Old Filth’ trilogy,…

Read Article →
A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson is one of the best books I have read for years. It is the sequel to Life after…

Read Article →
Some escapist reading

Some escapist reading

I had a lovely day in a spa with my friend Sarah just before starting my new job in April and she recommended two great…

Read Article →
A Town Like Alice

A Town Like Alice

As I embarked on an epic two and a half thousand mile journey overland across Australia from Darwin to Melbourne in December last year and…

Read Article →
Italy’s Sorrow

Italy’s Sorrow

I just finished reading Italy’s Sorrow: A year of war 1944-45 by James Holland, as it describes the part of the war my grandfather described…

Read Article →
In a dry season

In a dry season

My mum knows that I love both crime fiction and reading about life in the Second World War, so for my birthday she bought me…

Read Article →
With Alex at War

With Alex at War

My grandfather, currently aged 97, was on the planning staff for the invasion of Sicily with General Alexander so I was fascinated to read With…

Read Article →
The second world war

The second world war

I’ve just finished reading the excellent The Second World War by Anthony Beevor. What a task to try to do justice to a conflict that…

Read Article →