American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Alice Blackwell is America’s First Lady, wife of the US President. But first, she was Alice Lindgren, a normal American girl. She grew up in the suburbs, with her parents, an only child, and her grandmother, an outspoken woman who loved to read. She experienced tragedy early, and went on to become a librarian at…

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Zodiac by Robert Graysmith

I could not put this book down. I read it in two sittings. I’m not the kind of person who reads loads of true crime or serial killer stories, perhaps for the obvious reason that they are so tragic and sad, and also quite terrifying. So why is this book different? Robert Graysmith was a…

The Institute by Vincent Bijlo

Vincent Bijlo is more well known in The Netherlands where he works in TV, radio and theatre, as well as in stand up comedy, so I had never heard of him before Holland Park Press asked me to review this book for them. (As always, all opinions herein are my own, and the book was…

A Spool Of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

This was the first Anne Tyler that I’ve read, which is pretty crazy considering how often she’s recommended to me, and I’m very happy to recommend her to you. If you read my movie blog, you’ll perhaps have read my review of the film adaptation of her book The Accidental Tourist, which I loved. If…

Nathaniel’s Nutmeg by Giles Milton

I don’t often review non-fiction books for you guys here, so I thought it was a good time to share this one with you. It’s called Nathaniel’s Nutmeg, which is a bit of a misnomer, as the Nathaniel in question, although quite heroic, is not the main focus of the book. The book is about…

Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier

A man whose life has been entirely devoted to his teaching of ancient languages and books finds himself walking out of his life one day when he comes across a book that speaks to him. He walks out on his classes and heads to Portugal to find the author, and to discover the man whose…