Sunday, 15 July 2018

Erotic stories for Punjabi widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Nikki, a modern Indian immigrant has avoided the Sikh community especially the traditional areas like Southall. She is in charge of her life. However with her father's death, her sister's decision to make an arranged marriage and her decision to teach a creative writing course in the Punjabi community she enters that world.
The writing/learning english course becomes so much more as the title of this book shows. I becomes a chance for self growth, romance, marriage and justice in a community where males hold the power.
However with the "widows" combined energy and "stories" change, romance and justice may be possible.
A funny yet serious story that reveals and deals with issues that makes you laugh and think.

Winter by Ali Smith

"A fraught family Christmas in Cornwall is the setting for the second part of Ali Smith's seasonal quartet, a tender tale inspired by Dickens and Shakespeare"
Sophie is not looking forward to Christmas, expecting her sister Iris, her son Art and his girlfriend Charlolte/Lux for the festive season and all that "chaos, lies, power mongering, division ... and self poisoning" Through the days spent together their lives, past family events, the women's protest movement and the immigration problems are exposed. I am always amazed at Ali Smith's economy and beauty of writing, words that leave you unraveling the story long after you finish it and checking facts on the internet. Do not be put off by the first "chapter".

Also by Ali Smith

The first person and other stories
How to be both 
Public library and other stories
There but for the

by Eliz

Thursday, 5 July 2018

After by Nikki Gemmell

Can you imagine what it feels like to be told that your elderly Mother has been found dead in her home in what looks like an apparent suicide with no explanation?

This is what happened to author Nikki Gemmell and she has documented a very honest account of all the emotions of this time in her life.

The book not only delves into the subject of euthanasia, chronic pain and its management, but it is also a look into the sometimes troubled life of a mother-daughter relationship. She found out how little she knew about certain things in her mother’s life and questions whether she really knew her.

Her message is clear, be honest with your loved ones and love unconditionally as you never know what is around the corner.

Highly recommended

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Read 'n' chat Napier

July book list

The quite side of passion by Alexander McCall smith
Trains and lovers by Alexander McCall Smith
Confessions of a sociopath : A life spent hiding in plain sight by M E Thomas
Kill the angel by Sandrone Dazreri
A sister in my house by Linda Olsson
A Thousand country roads : an epilogue to the Bridges of Madison County  by Robert J Waller
My cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
The closers by Michael Connelly
Time to kill by Mason Cross
Rocking horse road by Carl Nixon

This group meets the first wednesday of every month (except January).

Come and join in the fun.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

The women's brain book : the neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness by Dr Sarah McKay

One of the new publications discussing recent theories in brain development and health. The book covers all the life stages is very readable; discussing medical and physclogical findings. You can delve into bits using the index  or whole chapters. I found I read it all, maybe because I have two daughters.

An interesting and thought provoking book.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths

If you’re looking for an author to hook in a reluctant reader, Andy Griffith is worth checking out.

Most recently his Treehouse series has been a huge hit. And rightly so. As his Treehouse soars from a 13 to a 104-storey construction it seems there is no stopping it; nor the popularity of the series.
Griffiths collaboration with illustrator Terry Denton is the icing on the cake. His quirky illustrations complement the text and are equally appealing. It’s the perfect partnership.
While Andy continues to delight us with a steady supply of new material, let’s not forget his earlier work. His “Just” series is ideal for kids who struggle to concentrate on reading an entire book. Each story, hilariously illustrated by the talented Denton, is around 12 pages of laugh out loud fun.
Like it or not, “toilet humour” has a following and Andy Griffiths is a master of this genre. We can’t forget his “Bum” series and with titles like “The day my bum went psycho”. Who wouldn’t be tempted to see how it all turns out?

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Coming home to Island House by Erica James

 A book that tells the story of love, regrets and estranged family relationships after the death of Jack Devereux and the conditions for all his children to spend a week together at ‘Island House’ in order to receive their inheritance. 

It is set at the beginning of the Second World War and is a story of strength, silence and regrets. It is woven in a style that is both heart breaking and uplifting.

If you like Cathy Kelly, Lesley and Santa Montefiore you will love this.

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