Hilary Matfess unearths the origins of Boko Haram and traces its evolution, reveals how women have been caught up in the conflict, and discusses how gender equality and gender empowerment could bring peace to Nigeria.
Where I End by Katherine Elizabeth Clark is a thought-provoking book that could trigger much discussion on the nature of miraculous healing. The author’s story is harrowing. A freak accident left her legs and arms paralyzed. She prayed for healing.
Ivon by Michael Aylwin pictures a 22nd century England where sport has become the driving force of politics, economics and social life. It’s a brilliant, thought-provoking satire that is both comic and tragic.
A Purgatory of Misery is a wide-ranging and easily readable account of the Irish Potato Famine, 1845-49. It puts the disaster into political, religious, social and economic perspective.
Walking over Eggshells by Lucinda E. Clarke is both a heartbreaking and a heartwarming autobiography. It describes the lifetime of damage that an emotionally abusive mother can inflict on a daughter. It’s a well-written, honest and at times humorous book that will be of immense value to victims of emotional abuse.
A Ray of Light gives a short and easily readable account of the story of the Czech village of Lidice. Utterly destroyed by the Nazis in 1942, after the war ended it was completely rebuilt, largely by donations from English miners.
One More Moon is a lovely memoir dealing with the challenges facing a family of German Jews in Naples in the late 1930s. It’s a book of perseverance and persecution. Joy and despair. Relationships built and betrayed. Plans made and destroyed.
Autumn 1066 gives a fictional account of the weeks preceding the Battle of Hastings on the south coast of England in October 1066. It’s a novella that takes about an hour to read. The book has much to commend it, but is let down by many punctuation mistakes, poor editing, and no cover illustration.
This is a comprehensive A to Z overview of the Britpop music scene in the UK between 1992 and 1998. It covers the leading bands such as Oasis, Blur, Suede, Pulp and Elastica, as well as scores of other bands, albums and performers, and describes the influence of Britpop on popular culture.
The Bone Curse by Carrie Rubin is a well-written medical thriller with an intriguing plot. The author successfully maintains a breakneck pace throughout.
Life After America is an excellently written, enthralling account of a young American war resistor in the late 1960s. On the verge of being called up to fight in Vietnam, Joseph Glazner puts his pacifism into practice. He flees to Canada before being drafted. The book relates his experiences over the next two years and wonderfully captures the mood of the 1960s.
This simple, short, step-by-step guide is intended to help you and your aging parent enjoy life by discovering or rediscovering gratifying activities. It will be of particular interest if you are caring for parents with dementia/Alzheimer’s.
Time to Lie by Phil Taylor has an intriguing plot with interesting characters and as far as I am aware, a unique method of time travel.
Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts is a high-quality psychological thriller that has two apparently unconnected storylines: one set in the US and the other in Scotland. It’s tightly written, with an intriguing plot and believable characters.
Much of Know-It-All Energy is excellent. It gives clear and easy to read definitions of 50 energy terms. But key areas give a totally incorrect impression of the state of the planet and the renewable energies that are set to play key roles in its future.
The Storyteller Speaks by Annika Perry is a captivating book of short stories on diverse topics, stimulating a range of emotions. Read my review and an insightful interview with Annika.
In an easily readable and at times entertaining book, theologian Kyle Roberts steps back from the accepted doctrine of the Virgin Birth/Conception to question whether Jesus of Nazareth was really conceived in Mary without the involvement of Joseph.
This indie author adapts a short story by American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, featuring Herbert West. Read my review and an interview with Audrey where she tells us why she chose this particular story.