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Nonfiction

Praying for Strawberries – Gail Simpkins

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September 23, 2018

Praying for Strawberries is an informative diary style book following a year in the life of a family from the perspective of the son, Lachlan, who has Autism. The writing is a piece-by-piece set of statements detailing actions and feelings regarding their experience as a family. As a guide…


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Poetry Short Stories

[Dis]Connected: Poems and Stories – Michelle Halket

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September 23, 2018

Affiliation

Connected is a collage of beautifully written stories and poems that capture the imagination, as we find, lose and appreciate, those connections we make in life. The premise of the book is to explore, why in an ever-connected world are we seeing isolation and disconnection with so many people. We…


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Humour

Three Men on Their Bikes – Richard Mapes

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September 22, 2018

Road-Trip

Three Men on Their Bikes follows a very well-trodden path, telling the story where close friends from younger days suddenly recognise they are drifting apart and decide to take a road-trip or vacation to rekindle old friendships. My initial difficulty with a story of this nature is that I don’t…


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Nonfiction

The Girl Who Smiled Beads – Clemantine Wamariya

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September 20, 2018

Fragmentation

This is the third book I’ve read this year based around the Rwandan genocide. Each book has been haunting, heartbreaking and tragic – this book is no different. I didn’t want to be reminded about that period again but it is compelling and inspirational to see how humanity can…


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Literary Fiction

Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh

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September 19, 2018

Transformation

This is the first epic instalment of the IBIS Trilogy. The story starts in 1838 on the eve of the first opium wars. Deeti is the initial character introduced to the story and she is the widow of an opium-addicted husband and avoids the immolation pyre (a tradition she…


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Literary Fiction

Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward

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September 19, 2018

Discrimination

Sing Unburied Sing is an exposure of aspects in American society that are uncomfortable to acknowledge but are told with a pointed, honest and heartfelt sense of purpose. Jesmyn Ward airs these issues in an unabbreviated depiction of poverty, drug abuse, and racial discrimination in the USA’s Southern states.

The…


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Poetry

In Loving You – Eeva Lancaster

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September 16, 2018

Journey

Eeva Lancaster has provided us with a beautiful book of 52 poems that are relationship experiences she has encountered, with someone she could never have. As she mentioned at the start of the book, “Publishing poetry is like asking people to read your words while you’re standing in front…

Nonfiction

Fear: Trump in the White House – Bob Woodward

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September 16, 2018

Revelation?
“Cohn realised that Trump had gone bankrupt six times and seemed not to mind. Bankruptcy was just another business strategy. Walk away, threaten to blow up the deal. Real power is fear.”
Donald Trump is probably the most divisive President in US history and has created a polarised nation between…


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Literary Fiction

Mr Peacock’s Possessions – Lydia Syson

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September 15, 2018

Compulsion

Lydia Syson’s Mr Peacocks Possessions is a wonderfully poetic and unrestrained book of family and community struggles, survival, and division. Mr Peacock has a burning desire to own and manage his own place, to be self-sustainable, and master of his own domain. Swiss Family Robinson may be the dream, the reality…


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Humour Reviews

Corkscrew – Peter Stafford-Bow

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September 14, 2018

Ambition

Corkscrew is a brilliantly entertaining novel. It’s a humorous and racy journey of a wine buyer from his expelled school days to a senior position with a major supermarket brand. Felix Hart is extremely witty, sexually obsessed, and hugely ambitious. There are numerous instances where you will struggle NOT to…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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