Below is a list of our book reviews.

  • An American Marriage

    Tayari Jones

    This is so much more than a moving, brilliantly told love story.  It also shines a spotlight on the inequalities of race, gender and class through the eyes of three engaging characters. Roy and Celestial are newly weds with their life ahead of them.  He is from a small-town, ambitious to move onwards and upwards, […]

  • My Name Is Why

    Lemm Sissay

    Chilling, uplifting, emotional, authentic, it makes you want to hug your children close.  This book is one of the best memoirs I have read – one man’s simple testimony of what it was like for a black boy to grow up in care in the 70’s, care being the pivotal word as it was mainly […]

  • The Dutch House

    Ann Patchett

    I loved this book from American writer, Ann Patchett.  It is a compelling family story stretching over decades and centering around siblings Danny and Maeve and the extravagant Dutch House.  Their  father, a self-made property magnate bought the ostentatious mansion as a surprise for his wife.  A deeply charitable woman, she is appalled and ultimately […]

  • Before We Were Yours

    Lisa Wingate

    I thought this might be a bit light but actually it was gripping, mostly because it is based on true events.   This is the story of Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children’s Home Society.  What started as an organisation in the 1920s that rescued children from terrible circumstances became a highly profitable trade in children.  […]

  • Little Disasters

    Sarah Vaughan

    This is one of those books where you read the first two pages and then think  ‘good, I am going to enjoy this’!  The premise is that the perfect mother, Jess, brings her baby into A&E.  Her friend is the paediatrican on call and is troubled by the circumstances and struggles to resolve her professional […]

  • You Will Be Safe Here

    Damian Barr

    This vivid novel focuses on two significant periods in South Africa’s history, the Boer War and the repeal of arpartheid laws.  The first half of the book follows the story of Mrs van der Watt and her son Fred who are brutally imprisoned in Bloemfontein Camp after the British seize their farm.  As she negotiates […]