Fiction

Book Review: The Essex Serpent

Book Review: The Essex Serpent

“It was necessary to be afraid in order to have courage.” SYNOPSIS It’s 1983, London. Cora Seaborne’s domineering husband has died, giving her free rein over her own life. She leaves crowded London for coastal Essex, accompanied by her eleven-year-old son, Francis, and his nanny as well as her fiercely protective friend, Martha. While strolling …

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Book Review: Hard Times

Book Review: Hard Times

“There is a wisdom of the head, and… there is a wisdom of the heart.”  SYNOPSIS Coketown is dominated by facts; using the model of Utilitarian, Mr Thomas Gradgrind feeds his family and pupils with facts and nothing else; banning fancy from the mind of the young. As a consequence, his daughter Louisa marries a …

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Book Review: Tender is the Night

Book Review: Tender is the Night

“Actually that’s my secret — I can’t even talk about you to anybody because I don’t want any more people to know how wonderful you are.” Synopsis The French Riviera – 1920s. Lively, clamorous and flamboyant. And also the backdrop for the story of the Divers, an American psychoanalyst, and his delicate wife. Holding court …

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Book review: Jamaica Inn

Book review: Jamaica Inn

“Dead men tell no tales, Mary.” Synopsis Mary Yellan, a strong headed and brave girl, respects her death mother’s dying wish to go and live with her loving aunt Patience at Jamaica Inn. Things have changed though. Aunt Patience has become a nervous wreck silenced by her abusive husband Joss Merlynn, who also uses the …

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Book review: The Help

Book review: The Help

“Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, “Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?”  SYNOPSIS In The help we follow the three women Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter. The first two black maids and the latter a white …

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Book review: My Cousin Rachel

Book review: My Cousin Rachel

“The point is, life has to be endured, and lived. But how to live it is the problem.” SYNOPSIS Raised by his single benevolent cousin, Ambrose, Philip Ashley is the next heir to the beautiful Cornish estate his cousin deeply loves. But this dream is shattered when Ambrose on his annual foreign trip unexpectely marries …

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Book review: The Power

Book review: The Power

“One of them says, ‘Why did they do it?’ And the other answers, ‘Because they could.’ That is the only answer there ever is.” SYNOPSIS Overtime girls start developing the power… The power to create electricity and cause pain or death with the flick of a finger. Society, as we know it, is about to …

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Book review: Great Expectations

Book review: great expectations

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” SYNOPSIS Orphan pip, raised up by his bullying sister Georgiana and her loving …

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