Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Legend of Winstone Blackhat by Tanya Moir – 2015

What a tragic and haunting book!  We start in a surreal Western story, and rapidly realise this is the fantasy of a young kid on the run, fending for himself in the wilds of Otago.  We follow Winstone’s sad story … Continue reading

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Blood, Wine & Chocolate by Julie Thomas – 2015

Blood, Wine & Chocolate starts in the dangerous world of London gangsters – three boys, Vinnie, Marcus and Tom end up entwined through Marcus being the grandson of the head of the infamous Lane crime family. We are told the … Continue reading

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James Cook’s Lost World by Graeme Lay – 2015

James Cook’s Lost World is the final in Lay’s trilogy after The Secret Life of James Cook (2013) and James Cook’s New World (2014). The novels cover Cook’s three voyages of discovery, and most readers would know how the third … Continue reading

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Starlight Peninsula by Charlotte Grimshaw – 2015

‘I just want to be able to say I asked’ – Eloise Hay is reeling after her husband has left her for a younger woman; lacking in self-esteem she is seeing a shrink and the bottom of a lot of … Continue reading

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Rich Man Road by Ann Glamuzina – 2015

Sometimes I read a novel which makes me realise just how privileged my life has been – and Rich Man Road is such a novel.  It is not a literary masterpiece but the parallel stories of Olga and Pualele, two … Continue reading

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In the Neighbourhood of Fame by Bridget Van der Zijpp – 2015

Oh dear, having read reviews of In the neighbourhood of fame after reading it, it would appear I am out of step in thinking it not well constructed and over-written.  It deals with fame, what it is, how it affects … Continue reading

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