Book Review Directory

This is a complete list of the books reviewed or featured on this blog since 2012. They are listed  alphabetically by author’s surname.

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Achebe, Chinua Things Fall Apart

Ackroyd, Peter  The Clerkenwell Tales

Adiga, Arvind  Last Man in Tower

Kay, Adam: This is Going to Hurt; Memoirs of a Junior Doctor

Adichie, Chimamanda  The Thing Around Your Neck

Adiga, Aravind  The White Tiger

Alaux, J.P.  & Balen, N  Late Harvest Havoc

Alcott, Louisa M   Little Women

Allende, Isabel   The Japanese Lover (did not finish)

Allingham, Marjorie  More Work for the Undertaker  (did not finish)

Amis, Kingsley  The Old Devils

Amis, Kingsley  Take a Girl Like You

Angelou, Maya   I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Arthofer, M A   Complete Guide to World Fiction

Atkinson, Kate: Blue Sky

Atwood, Margaret  An Edible Woman

Atwood, Margaret HagSeed

de Assis, Joachim Maria Mated    Dom Casmurro

Austen, Jane .Mansfield Park

Austen Jane Sanditon

Aw, Tash  Five Star Billionaire

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Backman, Fredrik Beartown

Bainbridge, Beryl  Girl in the Polka Dot Dress

Bainbridge, Beryl The Bottle Factory Outing 

de Balzac, Honore  Old Goriot

Banville, John  The Sea

Banville, John Ancient Light

Barbery, Muriel  The Gourmet

Barker, Nicola  In the Approaches

Barnett, Laura  The Versions of Us

Bauer, Belinda Blacklands

Bauer, Belinda Rubbernecker

Bauer, Belinda  The Beautiful Dead

Bawden, Nina  Solitary Child

Bawden, Nina A Little Love, a Little Learning 

Bawden, Nina The Ice House

Bedford, Sybille  A Favourite of the Gods

Bodrožić, Ivana Simić  Hotel Tito

Boileau, Pierre and Thomas Narcejac . Vertigo

Bolano, Roberto  The Third Reich

Boyd, William Love is Blind

Borstinski, Leopold, The Bowery Slugger

Brown, William Wells  Clotel  or, The President’s Daughter

Brookner, Anita Latecomers

Brookner, Anita The Next Big Thing

Brookner, Anita  Hotel du Lac

Brooks, Geraldine  Year of Wonders

Brown, Tracy and Hanlon, Michael  When Safety Rules Don’t Add Up

Buck, Pearl S  The Good Earth

Bude, John Sussex Downs Murder

Bude, John The Cheltenham Square Murder

Bulawayo, NoViolet  We Need New Names

Burns, Anna  Milkman

Burton, Jessie  The Miniaturist

Byatt, A. S . Possesion

Bythell, Shaun, The Diary Of A Bookseller 

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Cannon, Joanna  Three Things About Elsie

Camilleri, Andrea The Dance of the Seagull

Camilleri, Andrea The Age of Doubt

Carpenter, Don Fridays at Enrico’s

Carey, Peter Oscar and Lucinda

Carey, Peter True History of the Kelly Gang

Cather, Willa My Antonia

Catton, Eleanor  The Luminaries

Gabriel, Chevalier  Fear

Capote Truman Breakfast at Tiffanys 

Chevalier, Tracy:  A Single Thread  

Christie, Agatha  The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Christie, Agatha By the Pricking of my Thumbs

Clegg, Bill   Did You Ever Have a Family

Coetzee, J, M  Disgrace

Coetzee, J, M  Life & Times of Michael K

Coetzee, J, M  The Schooldays of Jesus

Collins, Wilkie Dead Secret

Conde, Maryse  The Tree of Life

Conran, Alys  Pigeon

Conran, Alys Dignity

Correa, Armando Lucas  The German Girl

Crace, Jim  Harvest

Crofts, Freeman Wills  The Hog’s Back Mystery

Cudahy, Paul  Read all About It

Gundar-Goshen, Ayelet  Waking Lions

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Davies, Carys  The Redemption of Galen Pike

Davies, Peter Ho  The Welsh Girl

Dickens, Charles  Little Dorrit 

Dickens, Charles The Old Curiosity Shop

de Rothsay, Isabelle Sarah’s Key

Desai, Kiran The Inheritance of Loss

Diago, Evello Rosero  The Armies

Doerr, Anthony All the Light we Cannot See

Dunmore, Helen  Exposure 

Dunmore, Helen  The Greatcoat

Doestoevsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment

Donaghue, Emma Room

Doyle, Roddy  Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

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Eagleton, Terry  How to Read Literature

Eco, Umberto  Numero Zero

Eddy, Carson  Beaded Jewellery Stringing Techniques

Edugyan, Esi Washington Black

Egan, Jennifer  Look at Me

Einion, Alys Ash

Eliot, George  Adam Bede

Enright, Anne The Gathering

Euripides Electra

Euripides Medea

Ewan, Pamela An Accidental Life

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Farah, Nurradin From a Crooked Rib

Farrell, J G  Seige of Krishnapur

Farrell, J G  Troubles

Farooki, Roopa The Flying Man

Faye, Erik Nagasaki

Filer, Nathan The Shock of the Fall

Fink, Sheri Five Days at Memorial

Fitzgerald, Penelope Offshore

Flanagan, Richard The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Forester, C. S  The Pursued

Forrester, Andrew  The Female Detective 

Forster, E.M A Room with a View

Franklin, Miles My Brilliant Career

Fraser-Sampson,  Guy Miss Christie Regrets 

Frayn, Michael Skios

Fuentes, Gabrielle Lucille The Sleeping World (Did Not Finish)

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Gaiman, Neil  The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Gale, Patrick A Place Called Winter

Gaskell, Elizabeth  Cranford

Gaskell, Elizabeth Wives and Daughters

Gaskell, Elizabeth  North and South

Gaskell, Elizabeth Mary Barton

Gaudé, Laurent  Hell’s Gate

Ge, Yan  The Chilli Bean Paste Clan

Ghosh, Amitav  The Glass Palace

Golding, William   Rites of Passage

Goldsmith, Oliver  The Vicar of Wakefield

Grimwood, Jack  Moskva

Greene, Graham  The Heart of the Matter

Greene, Graham The Power and the Glory

Greene, Graham The Human Factor

Grenville, Kate The Secret River

Griffiths, Rebecca  The Primrose Path

Grossmith, George and Wheedon  The Diary of a Nobody

Gundar-Goshen, Ayelet  Waking Lions

Gyasi, Yaa . Homegoing

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Haddad, Joumana  I Killed Scheherazade

Hamer, Kate The Girl in the Red Coat

Hamid, Mohsin How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Hamid, Mohsin  The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Harris, Jane Gillespie and I

Hartley, Sarah  Mrs P’s Journey

Hawkins, Paula  The Girl on the Train

Healey, Emma  Elizabeth is Missing

Haruf, Kent  Benediction

Hemmingway, E Farewell to Arms

Henshaw, Mark  The Snow Kimono

Hill, Susan  Woman in Black

Hill, Susan   Howard’s End is on the Landing

Hodgson, Antonia  The Devil in the Marshalsea

Hollinghurst, Alun The Line of Beauty

Holtby, Winnifred South Riding

Horne, Eileen Zola and the Victorians

Hosseini, Khaled  And the Mountains Echoed

Howe, Katherine The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (Did not Finish)

Hulme, Keri  The Bone People

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Indriðason, Arnaldur Silence of the Grave

Indriðason, Arnaldur Reykjavik Nights

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Jackson, Shirley .  We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Jansen, Leo  & Hans Luijten Ever Yours: The Essential Letters of Vincent van Gogh

James, Henry Daisy Miller/Washington Square

James, Henry The Turn of the Screw

James, Peter Dead If You Don’t

Jewell, Lisa Then She Was Gone

Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer  Heat and Dust

Jolley, Elizabeth The Sugar Mother

Jolley, Elizabeth; Miss Peabody’s Inheritance

Jones, Cynan  Cove

Jones, Dylan H  Anglesey Blue

Jones, Dylan H  Doll Face

Jones, Gail  A Guide to Berlin (did not finish)

Jones, Jack   Off to Philadelphia in the Morning

Jones, Tayari An American Marriage

Joseph, Anjali  Saraswati Park

Joyce, Rachel  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Juul, Pia The Murder of Halland

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Kabat-Zinn, Jon The Healing Power of Mindfulness

Kang, HanThe Vegetarian

Karlsson Jonas, The Room

Kavanagh, Emma To Catch a Killer

Keane, Mary Beth Fever

Keane, Molly Devoted Ladies

Keane, Molly Good Behaviour

Keneally, Thomas  The Daughters of Mars

Keneally, Thomas Searching for Schindler

Kenney, John Truth in Advertising

Khadra, Yasmina The Dictator’s Last Night

Knight, Bernard Figure of Hate

Knight, Bernard The Witch Hunter

Koch, Herman The Dinner

Krasznahorkai, László Satantango

Kushner, Rachel  The Mars Room

Kyung-Sook, Shin Please Look After Mom

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Lancaster, John Capital

Lane, Lexi Bloggers Survival Guide

Laurain, Antoine The President’s Hat

Lawrence , David Young Will the Real William Shakespeare please Step Forward

LeMaitre, Pierre  Alex

Levy, Andrea The Long Song 

Li, Yiyun Kinder than Solitude

Link, Charlotte The Other Child

Lively, Penelope   Moon Tiger

Lively, Penelope How It All Began

Lovekin, Carol .Snow Sisters

Lovekin, Carol .Ghostbird

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Mabanckou, Alain Broken Glass

MacLaverty,  Bernard  A Midwinter Break

Macleod, Alison Unexploded

Mantel, Mantel Bring up the Bodies

Manning, Olivia The Danger Tree

Marani, Diego New Finnish Grammar

Marías, Javier The Infatuations (did not finish)

Marsh, Henry Do No Harm

Martel, Yann Life of Pi

Matas, Enrique Villa Dublinesque (did not finish)

Matthee, Dalene Fiela’s Child

du Maurier, Daphne My Cousin Rachel

du Maurier, Daphne  Jamaica Inn

Mawer, Simon The Girl who Fell from the Sky

Mazur, Anne Design and Sew the Perfect Bag

McCann, Colum  TransAtlantic

McEwan, Ian  Chesil Beach

McEwan Ian  The Children Act

McGregor, Jon . Reservoir 13

McGuire, Ian The North Water

McInerney, Lisa The Glorious Heresies

McCleen, Grace  The Offering

McCrae, Graeme Burnett  His Bloody Project 

Mda, Zakes  The Whale Caller 

Mead, Rebecca   My Life in Middlemarch

Mengestu, Dinaw  All our Names

Menmuir, Wyl   The Many

Middleton, Stanley .  Holiday

Miller, A.D   The Snowdrops

Miller, Andrew  Pure

Miller, Andrew  Now We Shall be Entirely Free

Miller, Andy  A Year of Reading Dangerously

Miller, Madeleine Circe

Mishima, Yukio  After the Banquet

Mitford, Nancy Love in a Cold Climate

Mistry, Rohinton  Such a Long Journey

Mistry, Rohinton A Fine Balance

Modiano, Patrick  Paris Nocturne

Monroe, Alice   Dear Life

Moore, Alison  The Lighthouse

Moore, Brian, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

Moore, Thorne, Time for Silence

Mosely, Michael The Clever Guts Diet

Mudimbe, V.Y  Between the Tides

Mukherjee, Abir A Rising Man

Mukherjee, Neel  The Lives of Others

Murakami, Huraki  Norwegian Wood

Murdoch, Iris  The Sea, The Sea

Mukasonga Scholastique The Barefoot Woman 

Myerling, Lars  Sixteen Trees of the Somme

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Naipaul, V S In A Free State 

Newby, P H  Something to Answer For

Ng, Celeste Little Fires Everywhere

Nothomb, Amelie Fear and Trembling

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O’Brien, Anne The Shadow Queen

O’Brien, Edna The Country Girls

O’Brien, Edna The Little Red Chairs

O’Brien, Edna The Country Girl

Obioma, Chigozie  The Fishermen

Obama, Michelle, Becoming

O’Farrell, John  The Man Who Forgot His Wife

O’Farrell, Maggie The Distance Between Us

O’Farrell, Maggie This Must be the Place

O’Farrell, Maggie I am, I am, I am 

Ogawa, Yoko  The Housekeeper and the Professor

O’Hagan, Andrew The Illuminations

Okotie, Simon  Whatever Happened to Harold Absalon

Ollikainen , Aki  White Hunger

Olsson, Kristina Shell

Omotoso, Yewande The Woman Next Door

Ondaatje, Michael  The English Patient

Ondaatje, Michael  The Cat’s Table

Ondaatje, Michael  Warlight

ØrstavikHanne The Blue Room 

Ozeki, Ruth, A Tale for the Time Being

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Parris, S J   Treachery

Patchett, Ann  Bel Canto 

Paton , Alan  Cry the Beloved Country

Penny, Louise  The Fatal Grace

Penny, Louise How the Light Gets In

Penny, Louise A Great Reckoning

Penny, Louise The Long Way Home

Penny, Louise Kingdom of the Blind

Penny, Louise The Cruelest Month

Pierre, DBC Vernon God Little

Pretorius, Michelle The Monster’s Daughter

Pulman, Philip  Northern Lights

Pym, Barbara Quartet in Autumn 

Pym, Barbara Some Tame Gazelle

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Quartey, Kwei  Wife of the Gods

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Rahman, Zia Haider In the Light of What we Know  (did not finish)

Ransome,  Arthur  Swallows and Amazons

Rendell , Ruth  Wolf to the Slaughter

Reeve, Phillip Mortal Engines

Reve, Gerard  The Evenings 

Richards, Keith Life 

Roffey, Monique  Archipelego

Rogan, Charlotte  The Lifeboat

Roy, Arundhati  The God of Small Things

Rowling , J. K  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

RubensBernice The Elected Member

Rushdie, Salman  Midnight’s Children

Ryan, Donal The Spinning Heart 

Ryan, Donal  From a Low and Quiet Sea

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Sackville-West, Vita All Passion Spent

Saif, Atef Abu (ed)  The Book of Gaza

Saijie, Dai  Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Sansom C. J  Dissolution 

Sansom C. J  Dark Fire

Sansom C. J  Lamentation

Sansom C. J  Sovereign

Sansom C. J  Dominion 

Savage, Vanessa The Woman in the Dark

Sayers, Dorothy L  Strong Poison

Seethaler, Robert: A Whole Life

Schwabe, Will  End of Your Life Book Club

Scott, Paul  Staying On

Shaffer, Mary Ann  The Guernsey Literary & Potato Pie Society

Shamshie, Kamila  Burnt Shadows

Sharma, Akhil  Family Life

Shahraz, Qaisra  The Holy Woman

Sheers,  Owen Resistance

Sheers,  Owen  I Saw a Man

Setterfield, Diane Once Upon a River 

Sigurdardotti, Yrsa The Silence of the Sea

Škvorecký, Josef   Miss Silver’s Past

Slimani, Leila Lullaby

Smith, Ali  How to Be Both

Smith, Dominic  The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

Smith, Zadie  NW

Spark, Muriel The Girls of Slender Means

Spark, Muriel The Comforters

Staincliffe, Cath  Letters to my Daughter’s Killer

Starnone, Domenico Trick

Steinbeck, John Cannery Row

Steinbeck, John Of Mice and Men

Stevenson, R. L  Treasure Island

St John Mandel, Emily Station Eleven

Stockett, Kathryn  The Help

Storey, David  Saville

Strout , Elizabeth  My Name is Lucy Barton

Summerscale, Kate  The Wicked Boy

Swift, Graham Last Orders

Swift, Graham Tomorrow

Szalay, David  All That Man Is

Sampson, Guy Fraser A Death in the Night

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Tan, Amy  The Kitchen God’s Wife

Taylor, Andrew  Bleeding Heart Square

Taylor, Elizabeth Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

Taylor, Elizabeth Wreath of Roses

Taylor, Elizabeth A View of the Harbour

Taylor, Mildred  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Tey, Josephine The Daughter of Time

Tey, Josephine The Franchise Affair

Thayli, Jeet Narcopolis 

Thien, Madeleine Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Thiong’o, Ngũgĩ wa  Petals of Blood

Thierault, Denis  The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Policeman

Thirkell , Angela High Rising

Thomas, Gwyn The Alone to the Alone

Thomas, Gwyn A Few Selected Exits

Thorpe, Adam Missing Fay

Tidhar, Lavie A Man Lies Dreaming

Toibin, Colm  Brooklyn

Tomalin, Claire  The Unequaled Self

Towles, Amor A Gentleman in Moscow

Trollope, Anthony Barchester Towers

Trollope, Anthony The Warden

Trollope, Anthony Dr Thorne

Tulloch, Jonathan  Larkinland 

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Unsworth, Barry . Sacred Hunger 

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Vickers, Sally  The Cleaner of Chartres

Vonnegut, Kurt   Slaughterhouse Five

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Walsh, Louise Black River ( did not finish)

Waters, Sarah  The Paying Guests

Watson, S J  Before I go to Sleep

West, Rebecca Return of the Soldier

Winn, Raynor The Salt Path
 

Witwit,  May & Rowlatt: Bee Talking about Austen in Baghdad

Williams, Naill  History of the Rain

Wolfe, Christa  The Search for Christa T

Woolf, Virginia Mrs Dalloway

Woolf, Virginia A Room of One’s Own

Wyndham, John  Chocky 

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Xinran  Good Women of China

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Yanagihara, Hanya  A Little Life

Yamada, Taichi  Strangers

Yasmina, Khadra, The Swallows of Kabul

Kawabata, Yasunari  Snow Country

Yamusangie, Frederick  Full Circle

Yoshimoto, Banana  Goodbye Tsugumi

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Zafon, Carlos Zuin Shadow of the Wind

Zafon, Carlos Zuin  The Angel’s Game 

Zafin, Gabrielle   The Storied Life of A.J.Fitkry

Zola, Emile  L’Assommoir

Zola, Emile The Fortune of the Rougons

Zola, Emile The Ladies’ Paradise

Zola, Emile  The Kill

Zongo, Norbert The Parachute Drop

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