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Review of “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars A beautifully-written memoir that reminds you that Life works in mysterious ways. As a youngster, Paul Kalanithi wanted to become a writer to come to terms with ‘the life of the mind’. Above all … Continue reading

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Review of ‘Small Great Things’ by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult My rating: 5 of 5 stars A strongly-written novel that tugs at your heart and drills into your gut. The story centres on an African-American nurse who is assigned to a newborn baby and … Continue reading

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Review: ‘The Course of Love’ by Alain de Botton

Honestly, I don’t know how to rate this novel by Alain de Botton because it does not read at all like a novel. While de Botton is undoubtedly a highly competent writer, I kept on thinking of this piece as … Continue reading

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‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn My rating: 4 of 5 stars Easy-to-read psychological thriller about married people behaving badly. Domestic noir at its darkest and most intriguing. Both characters of this one-time partnership are highly-flawed and headed towards self-destruction. But … Continue reading

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‘Relinquished, Returned, Rejected’ by Jackee Ashwin

A true and very personal story about becoming a mother, losing one baby to forced adoption and another to stillbirth, then years later reconnecting with your adult son and making tough life decisions. Despite the difficult subject matter, Jackee Ashwin … Continue reading

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Five Qs for author Nene Davies

My guest author today is the vivacious Nene Davies, author of the ‘Distance’ series. Besides writing novels, she is an avid blogger and Facebook contributor. Her blog, which focuses on interviews of people in the writing and creative space, has the intriguing name … Continue reading

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‘Joe’s Fruit Shop and Milk Bar’ by Zoe Boccabella

Joe’s Fruit Shop & Milk Bar by Zoe Boccabella My rating: 5 of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable memoir, written in honour of the author’s grandfather (Annibale Boccabella, also known as Joe) who migrated from Italy to Australia in 1939 … Continue reading

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