Barbara De Garcia

Crime Mystery

Many Rivers to Cross – Peter Robinson

January 23, 2020
Many Rivers to Cross Book Cover Many Rivers to Cross
Inspector Banks
Peter Robinson
Detective and mystery stories
Hodder & Stoughton
September 19, 2019

The 26th instalment of the Number One bestselling series 'The master of the police procedural' Mail on Sunday 'The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King *** A skinny young boy is found dead - his body carelessly stuffed into wheelie bin. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called to investigate. Who is the boy, and where did he come from? Was he discarded as rubbish, or left as a warning to someone? He looks Middle Eastern, but no one on the East Side Estate has seen him before. As the local press seize upon an illegal immigrant angle, and the national media the story of another stabbing, the police are called to investigate a less newsworthy death: a middle-aged heroin addict found dead of an overdose in another estate, scheduled for redevelopment. Banks finds the threads of each case seem to be connected to the other, and to the dark side of organised crime in Eastvale. Does another thread link to his friend Zelda, who is facing her own dark side? The truth may be more complex - or much simpler - than it seems . . .

I have long been a fan of DCI Banks and Peter Robinson. Banks is supremely ethical, but never arrogant, and he’s a Guardian reader to boot, as revealed in…

Literary Fiction

Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo

January 15, 2020
Girl, Woman, Other Book Cover Girl, Woman, Other
Bernardine Evaristo
Literary Fiction
Hamish Hamilton
May 2, 2019

Teeming with life and crackling with energy - a love song to modern Britain, to black womanhood, to the ever-changing heart of London Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible. 'A daring evocation of black British history... Sexy, punchy [and] fresh' Independent on Sunday on The Emperor's Babe

The optimal way for me to experience this novel was to go into it knowing nothing about the story. I only knew that the author was British, a woman,…

Literary Fiction

Night Boat to Tangier – Kevin Barry (by Barbara)

August 29, 2019
Night Boat to Tangier Book Cover Night Boat to Tangier
Kevin Barry
June 6, 2019

'A true wonder' Max Porter'A blackly comic journey into the abyss' Guardian'Read this wonder of a novel' Jon McGregor'A masterpiece delivered by a glittering talent at the peak of his powers' Big Issue It's late one night at the Spanish port of Algeciras and two fading Irish gangsters are waiting on the boat from Tangier. A lover has been lost, a daughter has gone missing, their world has come asunder - can it be put together again?Night Boat to Tangier is a novel drenched in sex and death and narcotics, in sudden violence and old magic. But above all, it is a book obsessed with the mysteries of love. A tragicomic masterwork from the award-winning Kevin Barry, Night Boat to Tangier is a work of melancholy beauty, wit and lyrical brilliance.

Kevin Barry believes in an economy of words. I love the concept and Barry has embraced it to the core for this novel. As a college professor, I constantly…

Literary Fiction

Normal People – Sally Rooney

April 19, 2019
Normal People Book Cover Normal People
Sally Rooney
Faber & Faber Limited
August 29, 2018

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney's second novel breathes fiction with new life.

Connell is a super popular athlete at his rural high school outside of Galway. Son of a single mother, he is part of the non-privileged class. Fortunately for him,…

Literary Fiction

Milkman – Anna Burns

October 17, 2018
Milkman Book Cover Milkman
Anna Burns
Faber & Faber

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

Man Booker Prize Winner 2018
The Reading Desk is pleased to welcome Barbara De Garcia as our Guest, to provide us with her wonderful review of Milkman.
An unconventional book about an unconventional girl,…