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…

Behind The Scenes At The Museum by Kate Atkinson

Ruby Lennox narrates this story of her life and her family. Funny, startling and often sad, she is the child of a woman who doesn’t want kids, and a father who cheats. The book also slips backwards in time to take in the lives of her ancestors and the events that shaped their lives. The…

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

At the opening of this story by best selling author Liane Moriarty, we are told that one parent has been killed at a primary school event. The book moves back to show events leading up to the murder, and all the secrets that are hidden behind the facade of suburban life. When 24 year old…

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Opening in 1807, Rachel grows up on the island of St Thomas, a child beloved by her father, who makes sure that she’s well educated, and a mother who is cold and bitter. In her family there is also Adele, who is their servant, and her daughter, Jestine, who is like a sister to Rachel.…

Weird Sister by Kate Pullinger

I loved this book, and read it almost in one sitting! It’s atmospheric, creepy and actually really fun, in a spooky way. It tells the story of a small town called Warboys, nestled in Britain, and the way that the entry of one beautiful woman tears the town apart. That woman is Agnes Samuel. If…

Cradle Of Crime by Luellen Smiley

I was sent this book by the author for review, and I was kind of blown away by her story. Luellen is the daughter of Allen Smiley, a man who was very publicly known to be a member of the organised crime syndicate in LA, but whom she knew as Daddy. As a sheltered child,…

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

Perhaps Grisham’s best novels were the early ones, like The Firm or The Client, but his more recent ones still make the best seller lists, and hold their own. In this volume, rather than being about a goodΒ lawyer in bad circumstances, it’s about the type of lawyer we love to hate. The kind that defends…