Book Review – ‘The Betrayals’ by Fiona Neill

The Betrayals by Fiona Neill Published by Penguin Random House, 2017 An insightful, intelligently crafted novel detailing the events that happen one summer.  ‘The Betrayals’ is told from the differing perspectives of four family members. With themes that include mental illness and wider brain function, including memory, Fiona Neill tells a readable and thought-provoking story,…

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Books Evoke Memories

Songs and music can evoke powerful memories for people, but can books evoke memories in the same way? MUSIC AND MEMORIES… Science confirms that hearing a particular song or tune can mentally transport a person to their past: the people, the smells, the sounds and the emotions they experienced then. I do not dispute this,…

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Book Review – ‘Dear Martin’ by Nic Stone

Dear Martin By Nic Stone Published by Simon and Schuster, 2018   A book that was written for the young adult fiction market, ‘Dear Martin’ by Nic Stone is a beautifully crafted and moving story.  The message the book offers is also equally (if not more) important for older adults than the young. ‘Dear Martin’, follows…

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Book Review – I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Book Review ‘I Let You Go’ by Clare Mackintosh Published by Sphere, 2014 ‘I Let You Go’ is a gripping psychological thriller by author, Clare Mackintosh. The context of the book beggars the question of who might drive away from the scene of running over a small child; leaving them dying on the street with…

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Six Morals Pertaining to Books – what do they reflect?

As a lover of books and literature, over the years I have developed in-built values in respect to books and reading. Within this post, I wanted to consider six morals pertaining to books I hold and what they might reflect. 1.  Treat the book with respect I will never turn down the corner of a…

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Book Review – The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

Reading the novel, The Forgetting Time, you would be forgiven for thinking that it was written by a well established and experienced author. The fact that this tale is the debut novel of author, Sharon Guskin is remarkable. Discovering a book that grips, engages and leaves you wanting to know more after the last page…

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Book Review – Lyrebird by Cecilia Ahern

Book Review – ‘Lyrebird’ by Cecelia Ahern Harper Collins Publishers, 2016 A modern-day fairy tale which stimulates the imagination, engages the reader with its lead character and leaves the reader with a sense of beauty and romanticism in the nature surrounding us. In the novel, ‘Lyrebird’ by Cecilia Ahern, the leading character is a young…

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