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  • The Rabbit and the Shadow
    20 October, 2014
    This month we have two special guest reviewers, Freya (10) and Max (5), who share their thoughts on the award winning picture book: The Rabbit and the...
  • Extra Curricular
    19 September, 2014
    With Diana off exploring the beauty of Ireland, Sacha gives this month's book, well magazine, review - sharing her thoughts on a very special creative...
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    19 August, 2014
    In To Kill a Mockingbird, author Harper Lee uses memorable characters to explore civil rights and racism in the segregated south of the USA during the...
  • The Cellist of Sarajevo
    20 July, 2014
    Diana reviews The Cellist of Sarajevo, a book that follows the lives of three fictional citizens of Sarajevo as they struggle to survive in the war-to...
  • The Luminaries
    20 May, 2014
    Reviewing The Luminaries, Diana discovers a brilliantly clever gold-rush boom and bust mystery/ghost story set against the backdrop of small-town New ...
  • Restless by William Boyd
    20 April, 2014
    Diana Kenny reviews the award-winning Restless, a novel depicting the tale of a young woman who discovers that her mother served as a British spy duri...
  • The Good Earth
    20 March, 2014
    Diana reviews The Good Earth, an epic novel tracing the terrors, passions, ambitions and rewards of an ordinary Chinese family caught in the tide of h...
  • Eucalyptus by Murray Bail
    20 February, 2014
    Diana Kenny reviews the acclaimed  'Eucalyptus',  a modern day fable recast in a rural Australian setting - an enchanting story of love, beauty and be...
  • The Book Thief
    20 December, 2013
    Diana Kenny describes The Book Thief as soul stirring: this story of a young girl whose passion for books sustains her while war rages, will touch you...
  • A Suitable Boy
    19 November, 2013
    Having recently travelled to India, Diana Kenny this month reviews the grand tale of an Indian mother's quest to find a ‘suitable husband' for her dau...
  • Crossing to Safety
    20 October, 2013
    Tracing the lives, loves and aspirations of two couples,  Diana's book this month gives a gentle insight into the powerful alchemy of friendship and m...
  • The Inheritance of Loss
    20 September, 2013
    As Diana Kenny writes The Inheritance of Loss is a story of joy and despair where the characters face numerous choices illuminated by an ever changing...
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    19 August, 2013
    Two very different characters, one young, one old, provide the double narrative of this month's book. Diana Kenny writes that you will fall in love wi...
  • Lottery
    20 July, 2013
    As Diana Kenny writes,  Patricia Wood’s debut novel 'Lottery' will make you laugh,  tug at your heartstrings and add value to your understanding of ‘f...
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
    13 June, 2013
    As Diana Kenny writes this months book follows Harold Fry on a journey of reject and self discovery as he literally and symbolically reclaims his life
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  • Brain by Robin Cook
    20 May, 2013
    Our book reivew by Diana Kenny this month is 'Brain' by Robin Cook, an intriguing futuristic medical thriller of computers hard-wired to human brains ...
  • Slumdog Millionaire
    14 April, 2013
    Diana Kenny reviews Q & A, the novel by writer Vikas Swarup & the inspiration for the movie Slumdog Millionaire, noting the book is well worth a read 
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  • The Uncommon Reader
    19 March, 2013
    As Diana Kenny found, the Queen's unexpected pursuit of literature is wittily revealed in this month's book review of Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Read...
  • Cannery Row
    19 February, 2013
    Pulitzer & Nobel prize-winning author John Steinbeck's 1944 novel Cannery Row is Diana's book review this month & as she recounts it remains a classic
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  • House of Stone
    20 January, 2013
    Diana Kenny reviews Christina Lamb's novel House of Stone and finds a compelling story of daily struggle set against the backdrop of war-torn Zimbabwe...
  • Farewell My Lovely
    20 December, 2012

    Raymond Chandler has been discribed as the 'literary king of American cool' for his discrptive, quick witted phrases such as:

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