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The Wife And The Widow Christian White Review

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White, published in 2019 by Affirm Press, is one of the most engrossing and interesting crime books I have read in a while.  Interesting because he uses a literary device I’ve never seen used before to execute a twist at the end. If I tell you what it is, […]

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My Sister The Serial Killer Oyinkan Braithwaite Review

My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, has to be in the running for one of the most commanding titles in contemporary fiction. There can be no doubt of the genre and subject matter of the book.This crime novel, published in 2018 by Doubleday in the US and Atlantic Books in the UK has […]

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The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls Review

I recently read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, after seeing it mentioned frequently in readers’ lists of favourite memoirs.  Much as I love fiction, I also enjoy a good memoir, and have written one of my own, Making The Breast Of It. It lived up to all the hype – it’s one of the […]

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The Chain Adrian McKinty Review

Adrian McKinty’s novel The Chain is an international bestseller. It’s a call-in-sick-to-work-and put-your-phone-on-silent type of book.There’s nothing I enjoy more than a crime thriller that keeps me on the edge of the couch (as I’m usually lying down when I read). The Chain by Adrian McKintyRave Reviews For The ChainWhen the likes of Stephen King, Dennis […]

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Boy Swallows Universe

If you’re an Aussie and a book lover, and haven’t heard about Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton, then you’ve been living in a cave for the past year. Even if you’re not an Aussie, you may know about it, as it’s been an international success. The book has been selling like crazy and has […]

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Memoir Or Autobiography – What’s The Difference?

Much as I love reading fiction, I also enjoy a well-written memoir or autobiography.  Many people think those terms are interchangeable, but there is a clear difference. So what is the difference between a memoir and an autobiography?  What is a Memoir?A memoir is written about a specific time or event in the author’s life, which can […]

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Writing About What Hurts

Writing about what hurts. It seems such a strange thing to do, but even the experts agree.Write hard and clear about what hurts. I recently came upon this quote by Ernest Hemingway, the master of pithy advice for writers, and I found it very thought-provoking. It’s a variation of the writing advice to ‘write what you know,’ […]

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Books into Movies – The Best and the Worst

Turning books into movies is not always a joyous experience for book lovers or movie goers alike.With the 90th Academy Awards ceremony taking place a few days ago, movies are still a major topic of conversation. Going to the movies is one of my favourite pastimes. Keep your Netflix I say, nothing beats seeing a […]

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Five Reasons To Love Short Stories

After years in the literary wilderness, short stories are making a comeback. In the days when traditional publishing was the norm, publishers usually baulked at publishing short stories unless you were a famous author, as they perceived them as being difficult to sell. But in these days of digital publishing and indie authors, short stories are […]

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How Mindfulness Can Enhance Your Life

One of my goals for this year is to incorporate more mindfulness into my everyday life.  Unless you’ve been held captive in a cave in darkest Africa by one-eyed multiple-tentacled aliens, you will have heard the term ‘mindfulness’ bandied about with reckless abandon, in the company of other words like meditation, karma, holistic and green […]

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