Book Review: Blow by Bruce Porter

Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

‘Blow: How a Small-Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All’ by Bruce Porter tells the real story of George Jung, who was the largest importer of cocaine to the United States in the 70s and 80s.

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Book Review: First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung

Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2012

‘First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers’ is the true story and autobiography of Loung Ung, who’s childhood ended abruptly when Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge seized power over Cambodia in april 1975. Loung Ung was just 5 years old at the time and living a worry free life in Cambodia’s capital Phnom [...]

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Book Review: The Miracle of Wild Oregano by Dr. Cass Ingram

Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The Miracle of Wild Oregano is a non-fiction book that will teach you everything about the wild oregano plant (also called origanum vulgare), a very powerful natural medicine. This plant should not be confused with the more common oregano plant (Origanum marjoram) which is mainly cultivated and will rarely be found in the wild.

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Book Review: We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Posted on Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Whenever a film is made of a book I cringe a little. I have very seldom seen a film that is as good as, let alone better than, the original book. I have taken to avoiding film adaptations of books, and whenever a new movie in this genre appears I resolutely look away, or in [...]

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Book review: Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Posted on Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Esi Edugyan is a renowned Canadian author of Ghanaian descent. Her newest novel Half-Blood Blues was published earlier this year and has found itself on the short lists of many celebrated awards from the Man Booker Prize to the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and it walked away with one of Canada’s leading literary [...]

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Book review: We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen

Posted on Friday, January 28th, 2011

The author and political commentator Carsten Jensen hails from the Danish town of Marstal, in the South of Funen Archipelago, and it’s the people of this coastal town, and their relationship to the sea, that forms the central thread of the novel.

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Book review: Before the Frost by Henning Mankell

Posted on Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Henning Mankell has been busy lately writing about the recent Swedish election and experimenting with new thriller formulas such as his latest novel, The Man from Beijing.

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Advance review copy: Selected Shorts and Other Methods of Time Travel

Posted on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

“To Travel in Time”! What does it mean? And how does it feel? We all wonder about it and consider it to be impossible. But is it really impossible to experience it?

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Book review: Broken by Karin Fossum

Posted on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Karin Fossum’s Broken is blessed with weird locations, insightful art knowledge and a fantastic heroin addict personality. On the downside, the main character, Alvar Eide, is a tad dull and the plot is thin.

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Book review: Roseanna, A Martin Beck Police Mystery

Posted on Friday, November 19th, 2010

Written in 1965, this is the first of ten novels centred around the Swedish detective inspector Martin Beck. But don’t let the date put you off: the book has aged beautifully, the writing still feels fresh, and the finish stays with you long after turning the last page – it’s like a good quality claret.

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