Just back from a lovely bit of Spain and while I was there I got through four novels and one band biography as follows:
Another wonderful book from someone who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors - check out her website. Set in Trinidad, it's a love story to the island and between an English couple who live there. Monique's style always leaves me feeling I want to know more - about the background to her stories, about Monique herself. I lost myself in this book, it was magic, and cried a little bit too. 10/10.
His publishers should be given a stern talking to about the covers of his books because they make his work look like chick-lit when they're anything but. Also this book had nothing to do with a woman and a suitcase. It did have a lot to do with the American dream going sour. It's a rollercoaster of a read, you jump in the carriage on page one and don't stop until it chucks you off at the end of the book. A cracking storyteller. 9/10.
I haven't read The Commitments but this book made me want to go back and start at the beginning with the Barrytown trilogy. A great book that had me laughing out loud a lot. Very enjoyable, read it in one go. 10/10
An Australian family saga about achievement and failure, growing up male. It was a strong storyline that was well written but didn't have the magic I like in a book. Still, very enjoyable. 7/10
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