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.
Watching the Daisies is a delightful memoir describing one woman’s search for self-healing of various illnesses, including fibromyalgia. Her interview is equally fascinating.
In what some might call a provocative book, Paul McGrane seeks develop a new paradigm for the rise of Christianity. He looks with new eyes at Biblical prophesy and the writings of the Gospel writers, the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul.
I was really looking forward to La Belle Sauvage, the first in Philip Pullman’s new trilogy. Would it match the high level of his excellent Dark Materials trilogy? Read my review and find out!
The Endeavourist by Ken King is a riveting account of one man’s goal of helping farmers in a small town in Kenya rise out of poverty through microfinance.
The Betrayals by Fiona Neill is a novel that is a psychiatrist’s dream – or nightmare. There are not just one but two dysfunctional families. It also deals with the aspect of memories, and whether they are trustworthy.
How did mankind evolve “from a species living off whatever nuts and berries and roots we could harvest with our hands, to one that flies airplanes”? Leonard Mlodinow in The Upright Thinkers tells us in this interesting, well-written and deeply researched book.
An excellent, deeply researched book by Adam Hochshild that covers all aspects of the rise and abolition of global slavery. It takes in events in western Europe, west Africa, the West Indies and the States.
This is an extremely comprehensive, well-researched and readable book that will be of great use and interest to anyone interested in brutal civil wars that ravaged Liberia and brought this country – that was established with such high hopes – to its knees. Although centred around the life and activities of Charles Taylor, the book […]
The three books making up the delightful Corfu Trilogy are all excellent as stand-alone reads. They are the classic My Family and Other Animals, and the lesser known but equally good Birds, Beasts and Relatives, and The Garden of the Gods. In all three, Durrell shows his skills as a master story-teller and superb naturalist. […]
The energy Glut is an excellent book that deals with the global obesity crisis and links it to the energy crisis facing the Western world. “The human race is getting fatter and the planet is getting hotter, and fossil fuels are the cause of both.”
This book left me seething with anger. Not at the author – this is a historical biographer at the top of his game – but at his subject. I came to this book knowing very little about the colonisation of Congo, other than it was a dark stain on the history of Belgium (a stain […]
In The Trigger, Tim Butcher traces the life of Gavrilo Princip, who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand; the catalyst to the start of the First World War. It’s a well-researched book that is both informative and enjoyable.
Nature Cure describes well-known naturalist and author Richard Mabey’s recovery from a severe depression. We find him at the start of the book in bed, blankly gazing at the wall. Encouraged by friends and realizing the need for a change of air, he uproots himself from the family house in the Chilterns where he and […]
British naturalist and farmer John Lewis-Stempel takes a close look at the nature on his farm’s meadowland in Herefordshire, in a book that won the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize.
The 2017 winner of the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Priz is a deeply thoughtful look at the nature that surrounded the soldiers in the trenches. Its strength is that it is based around actual quotes (hundreds!) from soldiers, either in letters, poems, booklets, newspaper articles, even illustrations.