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Book Reflections – No and Me by Delphine de Vigan

Lou is a lonely 13 year old girl who has been accelerated at school twice. The other students snigger when Lou gets yet another question right. She is not confident … Continue reading

February 1, 2020

Book Reflections – The Silk Road by Sven Hedin

Sven Hedin was staying with the Swedish consulate in Peking in 1932 when he piqued the interest of the Chinese government. They commissioned him to build a team to draw … Continue reading

January 15, 2020

Book Reflections – A Short History of the Middle East by Gordon Kerr

A Short History of the Middle East by Gordon Kerr is exactly what it claims to be. Kerr efficiently packed 8,000 years of history of the region spanning north Africa, … Continue reading

December 20, 2019

Book Reflections – The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry by Jane Harper is set in a small town in rural Victoria, Australia. The town is dying due to a prolonged drought. The shops have closed. The people … Continue reading

December 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Tablet and Pen edited by Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan compiled this anthology Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. Aslan did a great job to draw together translations of literary pieces that protest against … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · 4 Comments

Book Reflections – Nobody Nowhere by Donna Williams

Nobody Nowhere is a captivating autobiography. Donna Williams has autism but didn’t realise that until she was in her twenties. Until then she was shunned by her family, peers and … Continue reading

November 27, 2019 · 8 Comments

Book Reflections – The Ruby in her Navel by Barry Unsworth

The Ruby in her Navel by Barry Unsworth is set in 12th century Sicily. It was great to read about the time of Norman rule of Sicily. It was a … Continue reading

November 16, 2019 · 4 Comments

Book Reflections – No Friend But The Mountain by Behrouz Boochani

No Friend But The Mountain – Writing from Manus Prison by Behrouz Boochani and translated by Omid Tofighian is well written. The combination of Boochani’s lyrical style and Tofighian’s painstaking … Continue reading

November 6, 2019 · 4 Comments

Book Reflections – The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay

The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay is a novel set in Turkey and the Levant in the early 1950s. The protagonist Laurie joins her aunt Dot, a white Arabian … Continue reading

October 10, 2019 · 3 Comments

Book Reflections – Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Now that I’ve finished reading Force of Nature by Jane Harper I can finally take a deep breath. It’s such an exciting book that I stayed up too late reading … Continue reading

September 26, 2019 · 1 Comment