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.
For the last few months staff, volunteers and learners at GWL and beyond have been speaking about sectarianism – what it is, how it affects women, their lives, and their communities, and what can women do about it.
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.
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 [...]
Jojo Moyes doesn’t shy away from a controversial subject nor does she cop out come the conclusion.
it’s hopeful, funny, touching, thoughtful….
Although this novel deals with challenging themes – domestic violence, death, judgement, small town prejudices – it’s really infused with a strong sense of hope and resilience. And the writing is just beautiful – haunting, earthy and lyrical.
Persuasion takes us on a journey from despair to happiness, from loneliness to love. I think you can hardly ask any more from a novel than that – it’s a real literary antidepressant.
Besides being a good read, this novel has made me re-assess present day family and community relationships and interdependence.