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…

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

I love LOVE this book, and I love Amy Tan. And maybe this review is a bit of a cheat, because I’ve read this book before, but I was re-reading it this week and I enjoyed it all over again, and I haven’t shared it with you guys before. Published back in 1989, it’s Tan’s…

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

There is nothing quite like an Allende story. I feel like her books read as though she’s right there narrating them to you, like you’re hearing someone’s family history or life story, and yet her description is so evocative and insightful, it’s something more than mere storytelling too. In this, her latest book, she writes…

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Perhaps Hoffman’s most well known book, and made into a film back in the 90’s starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, this book tells the story of the Owens sisters and their peculiar family. This is one of my very favourite books by Hoffman, and her most magical. Following the death of their parents, two…

Book Review: Like A Closed Fist by E H Nolan.

What I loved about this book was that although it is about the sexual escapades and search for love by a 24 year old girl, which would normally lend itself to the chick lit territory, this book is actually about trauma and recovery too. Phoebe is a bright, beautiful girl, whose dreams to become an…

The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman

A doctor tells his daughter that there are three angels: the angel of life, the angel of death, and the third angel, who often appears as a person who needs your help. The book centres around three women of different generations, staying in London at the same hotel at different times, and how they are…

The Bone People by Keri Hulme

I really enjoyed this unusual book, a Booker Prize winner back in 1984, which was recommended to me for my reading list this year. It tells the story of Kere, a woman who lives in a tower and has distanced herself from other people, especially her family. But she finds herself drawn out of herself,…

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

In 1959, Nathan Price, a zealous Baptist preacher from Georgia, with his wife and four daughters go to a village in the Belgian Congo to preach and convert the people. The story is told from the very different perspectives of Orleanna, the wife, her beautiful eldest Rachel, her twins, pious Leah and silent Adah, and…

Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman

One of my favourite books by this author, this is Hoffman at her finest. Blackbird House is a series of short stories about one house, from the day it’s built to the present, telling the stories of the lives that live there. Often tragic, but always beautiful, each story is different, but with certain themes…

Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Leaming

In this book, Barbara Leaming has looked deep into the archives to discover the life of a woman who captured the hearts and imaginations of millions before her tragic death. Oddly, the book is untraditional in that it starts with her meeting Arthur Miller for the first time. Perhaps with so many books about the…