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Book Reflections – The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall

Brady Udall has shown a wonderful talent in writing this captivating and unique novel. He sits alongside J.D. Salinger, Lionel Shriver and D.B.C. Pierre in creating a believable teenage boy … Continue reading

November 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Silent House by Orhan Pamuk

Nobel prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk is incredibly gifted. My Name is Red is a very dense book that often lost me in its intricate details about miniature painting in the … Continue reading

November 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby

Eric Newby was captured in the sea off the coast from Catania after failing to find his submarine after a special mission to sabotage German aircraft in 1942. He was … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Bay of Noon by Shirley Hazzard

Have you heard of Shirley Hazzard? I hadn’t but I saw a slim paperback with an attractive cover at the library with the following quote “One of the greatest writers … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Elephant’s Journey by José Saramago

I read the English translation by Margaret Jull Costa of José Saramago’s historical novel The Elephant’s Journey. I don’t know what the original Portuguese version is like but the English … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

A lot has already been written about happiness and living the good life. Jonathan Haidt is very well placed to write about happiness and this is the best book that … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · 9 Comments

Book Reflections – Country Driving by Peter Hessler

Peter Hessler worked in China from 2000 to 2007 for The New Yorker but he had already moved to China in 1996 with the Peace Corps. He applied for and … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Lost and found by Brooke Davis

Lost and Found is the debut novel by the Australian writer Brooke Davis who wrote the book as part of her PhD project. Davis wrote the book after her mother … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Book Reflections – Behind the Wall by Colin Thubron 

Colin Thubron is my favourite travel writer. Thubron travelled 10,000 miles around China in 1987 from Beijing all the way down the coast to Guangzhou, to Jinghong on the border with Burma, … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Book Reflections – Beijing Coma by Ma Jian

The novel Beijing Coma by Ma Jian follows two parallel streams, both moving chronologically through the novel and intertwining every 1 to 6 pages. Both streams are narrated in the … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · 2 Comments