It took me a while to get into the first few chapters, but after that I was hooked and tore through all three….
This is a disturbing, but absorbing book. At its heart is the deep love of a mother for her son and her determination to protect him at all costs.
This is by no means easy reading. I found I could only manage a few chapters at a time before turning to something more cheerful, but I always came back to it. It’s an important story which happened within living memory and we should never forget the barbarism, but also the courage and instinct for survival, of which humans are capable.
This month Madge reviews Maya Angelou’s autobiographies, which tell the amazing life story of this truly inspirational American poet and author. I started reading this series of autobiographies – six in total – by Maya Angelou, just before Christmas. I finished the series in eight weeks; a record for someone who reads one or two [...]
This is a children’s book, full of broad humour involving Anne’s misadventures with, variously, ice cream, puffed sleeves, hair dye and accidental drunkenness. However, it can still be enjoyed by adults who will, perhaps, have more understanding of some of the strong emotions it invokes.
Jenny recommends: Mavis’s shoes by Sue Reid-Sexton It is March 1941, during the Second World War, and Lenny Gillespie, aged 9, is on the streets of Clydebank after the Germans attack. Lenny and her 4 year old sister Mavis, are on their way home when the sirens sound. Their mother Peggy has gone to the [...]
I loved it for its beautiful descriptions of the landscapes and wilderness of this part of the world, and of a way of life which sounds idyllic, peaceful, and more in tune with nature.
The Suffragettes sometimes used coded messages on their postcards, so why shouldn’t GWL have its own secret code? In fact, at the moment this one’s so secret – LOL – that only I know it. But keep following this blog. The secret will be revealed on… drumroll please… Wednesday 6th February.
This book bring made me laugh out loud, angry and sad, but above all appreciate the love bonds we all have and should treasure.
The history of love by Nicole Krauss This intricately woven story centres around ‘a book within a book’, tying together the lives of 14 year old Alma Singer and an old Polish immigrant called Leo Gursky, both living in New York. Leo spends his days thinking about his death but yet desperately clinging to life, conspicuously [...]