Sycamore Row By John Grisham

I never read ‘A Time to Kill’. It was published around the time I had at least one little girl at home and the beginning of the book made me quite ill. I rarely start and book without finishing it – so that one stands out in my mind. I never saw the movie either. The injustice of racial bias makes me feel quite useless – regardless of where it is coming from. I understand that slavery began way before us Brits made use of it. The Egyptians built pyramids using slaves. Thankfully throughout history there have been people who have literally risked their lives to try to end these practices. Continue reading

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Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno brings us many moral dilemmas. I have read Dante’s Inferno a few years ago and it isn’t a happy book – it isn’t meant to be. Brown uses the symbolism of that literature and paintings made afterwards as a background for this story. We see the same character, Professor Robert Langdon, who this time wakes up in a hospital bed not remembering how he got there. Continue reading

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In The Pleasure Groove: love, death and Duran Duran

I have been in love with John Taylor for a long time now. Yes Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes are cute but JT is up there with Clive Owen for goodness sake! You remember when you had pictures of musicians and tv stars on your walls or on folders – well mine were covered with The Professionals, Duran Duran and Japan (the group not the country). I was convinced I would run into Lewis Collins of The Professionals one day! That was a brilliant show. Anyway back to the book…One knows that rock stars sometimes live rather outlandish lives and I was not naïve in thinking that Mr. Taylor was an angel but gosh man am I glad you got a grip on reality and your life. Continue reading

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A Week in Winter By Maeve Binchy

Talk about mixed emotions when reading this book! As a confirmed Binchy fan I was gobsmacked when the author died last year right after finishing this book. I wanted to savour the entire thing but one cannot do that when it comes to her books. You want to know what is going to happen with each and every character and so therefore whip through the thing as quickly as possible. There is nothing different here. The stories all circle around a small town on the west coast of Ireland, the families that live there, and the people who visit. This book covers many decades but lands in modern times so it is really easy to get stuck in and go with the flow of all the stories. Continue reading

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Metamorpha: Jesus as a Way of Life By Kyle Strobel

I read quite a lot of Christian/Biblical literature and many are extremely repetitious and unfortunately quite boring. I understand that publishers demand x amount of pages, which is ridiculous, but still – tell more personable stories, things that engage readers. This book is engaging from the start as initially the author is so candid about his life in the church growing up. Mr. Strobel was raised in the church and he is very honest about how that affected his walk – good and bad. His church experience for many years was in an emergent seeker sensitive environment with no tradition but a bucket load of programmes for everyone. Continue reading

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