Her Fearful Symmetry – Book Review After six long years Audrey Niffenegger has published her second book Her Fearful Symmetry. It is published by JonatHer Fearful Symmetry – Book Review After six long years Audrey Niffenegger has published her second book Her Fearful Symmetry. It is published by Jonathan Cape Ltd and its ISBN is 0224085611. It is a beautifully written ghost story. This Gothic romance is set in Highgate Cemetry in London and the author explores the themes of : love, secrets, obesessions and identity. The book is centered around the two twins Julia and Valentia Poole who inherit a flat from their unknown aunt Elspeth. The girls travel from Chicago to London to receive their flat and they soon get to know their neighbours. There is Martin the OCD sufferer whose marriage fails due to his mental illness and Robert the ex lover of Elspeth, who cannot get over her death. Indeed the most fundamental journey is the girls’ own struggle to establish their own identities . The will stated that the girls hadto live in the flat for one year and her parents could not step foot in the flat. Secrets are soon revealed as the ghost Elspeth makes contact. This bitter sweet tale is a very enjoyable read. This was reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.
Bake by Rachael Allen Bake is Rachael Allen’s hardback cookery book to accompany her current TV Series. It is published by Collins Press and its ISBN iBake by Rachael Allen Bake is Rachael Allen’s hardback cookery book to accompany her current TV Series. It is published by Collins Press and its ISBN is 007259700. I watched her tv series and she has a pleasant manner and her instructions are very easy to follow. She has a no nonsense approach to baking. She says in her book there is no magic baking is all about using the right ingredients in the right quantities. Her book is beautifully laid out with clear instructions and pictures to accompany the text. It is divided into 9 chapters clearly labelled. Included in this book she has trouble shooting ideas, alternatives to use for recipes, step by step instructions to making various pastries and a list of kitchen utensils the cook needs. Amongst the sweet and savoury recipes she included lots of my favourites : eccles cakes, fairy cakes, swiss roll, Baked Alaska, chocolate cake, Quiche Lorraine, croissants, eclairs, cottage pie and doughnuts. I am passionate in life about two things my writing and my food and I loved this book. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap ...more
Dead Man’s Footsteps By Peter James Dead Man’s Footsteps is another Roy Grace’s crime thriller by Peter James. It is an exciting but complex novel withDead Man’s Footsteps By Peter James Dead Man’s Footsteps is another Roy Grace’s crime thriller by Peter James. It is an exciting but complex novel with flashbacks, lots of characters and plots but well integrated. Its ISBN is 0330446134 and it is published by Pan Books. Like James’ other books it is very well researched, written and has great dialogue. Ronnie Wilson a failed business man uses 9/11 to pretend he died and escaped to a new country and created a new identity. Five years later a womans body is discovered in Brighton and accross the world another womans body is found. Both are later identifed as Wilson’s first and second wives, all dead. It becomes more sinister Ronnie Wilson is dead but then he is linked to another woman who is terrorised by Ronnie. Inspector Grace these murders in an effort to save a woman’s life in a race against time. Inspector Grace is always on the search for any clues on his disappeared wife Sandy. What happened Sandy more clues are given but not answered in this novel. There are many plots and twists in this thick novel and it is a real page turner. The closing line is brillant make the reader scream more more information and the next book. This is an exciting read and another bestseller that will please any crime lover or Peter James fan. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. ...more
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Book Thief is Markus Zusak’s debut novel. The novel is narrated by death. Death will visit the book thief three timeThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Book Thief is Markus Zusak’s debut novel. The novel is narrated by death. Death will visit the book thief three times. It is an angry but beautiful coming of age tale. I loved this moving and thought provoking book about Lieser and her foster family on Himmler Street in Germany during the Second World War. Lieser is a nine year old girl whose parents have been sent to concentration camps. She witnesses of the horror of Nazi Germany and buries her beloved brother. At his funeral she steals a book her only reminder of her brother. It starts a trend she begins to collect books. Her step father teaches her to read and they spend many pleasurable hours together reading . Her reading is an escapism from the horrors of war. The book reasserts the importance of life and the significance of words to impact on lives. A vivid description of daily survival in Nazi Germany. I highly recommend this book. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. Product details from Amazon http://astore.amazon.com/annduniriwri-20
Crime Wars by Paul Williams (Book Review) Crime Wars is a true crime book from newspaper journalist Paul Williams. It is published by Merlin PublishersCrime Wars by Paul Williams (Book Review) Crime Wars is a true crime book from newspaper journalist Paul Williams. It is published by Merlin Publishers and its ISBN is 190358230. This award winning journalist has brought us Gangland, Crime Lords and The Untouchables. His books are all the same well written and brillantly investigated and researched. He is not afraid to call it as he sees it, the criminologist, and name and shame criminals.This book is a terrifying account of organised crime in modern Ireland. He traces the origins of gangland warfare and exposes the godfathers and the stories behind the international drug wars and crimes. It is compelling reading and if you are interested in true crime or contemporary Ireland then you simply must buy it. ...more
4 Ingredients by Kim Mc Cosker 4 Ingredients is a new paperback cookery book by Kim Mc Cosker and Rachael Bermingham. Its ISBN is 0646470809 and it is4 Ingredients by Kim Mc Cosker 4 Ingredients is a new paperback cookery book by Kim Mc Cosker and Rachael Bermingham. Its ISBN is 0646470809 and it is published by 4 Ingredients. This cookery book contains 340 recipes using four ingredients or less. Its layout is clear and the recipes are simple. It uses basic ingredients that everyone has in their cupboards anyway. It promotes experimenting with food and offers some good cookery tips. It covers snacks and meals. It is a good introductionary book for students or beginners. I loved this book for cooking with my little nieces. It could also be called Cooking for Dummies. I didn't like the adding of jars of sauces to recipes and they cheated by listing a jar or some vegetables but still it is a good first cookery book. ...more
Orna Ross’s second book A Dance in Time is now on sale in paperback. It is published by Penguin Ireland and its ISBN is 1844880532. It is an enjoyabl Orna Ross’s second book A Dance in Time is now on sale in paperback. It is published by Penguin Ireland and its ISBN is 1844880532. It is an enjoyable but complex read. There are over 600 pages of Irish historical facts and gossip mixed with contemporary fiction. I loved this as I love Irish history but it is an equally enjoyable read as a family murder mystery. Izzy stands accussed of her father’s murder and instead of defending herself she tries to unravel her past. It is a journey of discovery and a tale of the burden of illegimatacy and the strains of mother daughter relationships. Orna Ross is not afraid to rewrite history and her great writing skill brings the historical figures like Maud Gonne and WB Yeats to life. The book has it all an epic saga, betrayal, revenge, suspense, murder, surprise, great characters and the brilliant twist at the end of the novel. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap....more
Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden (Book Review)
Molly Fox’s Birthday is written by Deirdre Madden. It is her 7th book and has been shortlisted forMolly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden (Book Review)
Molly Fox’s Birthday is written by Deirdre Madden. It is her 7th book and has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize 2009 for women writers. It is a slim book at 240 pages and is published by Faber and Faber. There are a number of undercurrent themes in the novel: friendship, theatre and identity with also a background in the troubles. The narrator who is never identified is staying in Molly Fox’s home while she is away working in New York. The female playwright is struggling to find a new beginning into a new play. This day is June 21st Molly’s the great actress’s birthday, the longest day of the year. The unidentified narrator reflects how on stage an actor knows everything about their character while we never really know everything about our friends. There is always a little everybody keeps private to themselves. As adults our closest friends are like family to us. We choose their companionship and accept their imperfections . The narrator is engrossed in Molly’s belongings and everything is analyzed through the absent Molly’s eyes. The narrator questions are we what we own and this is rejected as superficial. She thinks of herself and Molly and their best friend Andrew an art historian and TV presenter. Andrew visits the house to find Molly absent but makes do with a friendly chat with the narrator. Andrew had ambition and although from a working class home in Belfast he went on to get a PhD from Cambridge and made his dreams come through. Their families and upbringings are discussed and it is shown how their past forms part of their lives and thus present. A central part of the book is identity, how is it expresses and identified? How does success define these 3 people? Molly’s house is an expression of her personae and the set of the unwritten play. The characters are too discrete for me. Deirdre Madden is a high brow academic from Trinity and so it came as no surprise to me the book was insightful, thought provoking and well written. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.
Nice book to accompany TV Series on RTE (Irish TV). Nice recipes and easy to cook wriiten by Clodagh Mc Kenna, Ireland's Celebrity Chef. Contains fishNice book to accompany TV Series on RTE (Irish TV). Nice recipes and easy to cook wriiten by Clodagh Mc Kenna, Ireland's Celebrity Chef. Contains fish and sea food recipes....more
Earth Voices Whispering Anthology is edited by Gerald Dawe. The editor Gerald is Belfast born and a literary prize winner and poet. He has no less thaEarth Voices Whispering Anthology is edited by Gerald Dawe. The editor Gerald is Belfast born and a literary prize winner and poet. He has no less than 7 collections in print. The book is published by Blackstaff Press and its ISBN is 0856408212. This is the first Irish war anthology to cover 5 wars from both points of view for over a 30 year period. It is simply a brilliant collection which fulfills a cultural need. There are over 250 poems from old poets and new. Many of my favourite poets have poems here: WB Yeats, Padraic Pearse, Francis Ledwidge, Patrick Kavanagh, Samuel Beckett, Thomas Kinsella, Brendan Keneally, Seamus Heaney and Paul Durcan. These poems have pathos, beauty and illumination and help us understand the period 1914-45. It should be essential reading for all historians and poets. This collection gives a poetic and literary view of Ireland's role in the wars of the period. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. ...more
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Book Review) The Secret by Rhonda Byrne has sold 6 million copies and also has been made into a dvd and film. The book is pThe Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Book Review) The Secret by Rhonda Byrne has sold 6 million copies and also has been made into a dvd and film. The book is published by Simon and Schuster and its ISBN is 18473770292. It is a new age self help book that claims all you want is yours to have if you simply have positive thoughts. Its theme is self fullfillment and all negative things come from ones negative thoughts. I like the concept of postive thinking and self belief but the idea that world wars, diseases and poverty are ones own fault from negative thoughts is silly.Her theory is your thoughts are the primary cause of everything. If you have the rights thoughts, feelings you can cure yourself, make yourself thinner, richer and happier. ….I wish. She writes “You are God in a physical body”. ” You are master of the universe. You are heir to the kingdom. You are the perfection of life and now you know The Secret”. Put simply it is the laws of attraction and your thoughts determine your destiny. Although I believe in the virtue of self believe, postive thinking, creative visualisation and mediating I feel the author goes too far with her promises. I hope nobody believes they can think themselves free of cancer. It was an interesting read. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. ...more
John The Revelator by Peter Murphy (Book Review) John The Revelator is a great debut novel by Peter Murphy. It is published by Faber and Faber and itsJohn The Revelator by Peter Murphy (Book Review) John The Revelator is a great debut novel by Peter Murphy. It is published by Faber and Faber and its ISBN is 0571240208. This is a quirky coming of age tale. It is well written in evocative and beautiful prose. The story is not original but it is an interesting account of the pain and agony of being an illegitimate child in old rural Ireland and the boy’s desire to escape. It touches other subjects like the power struggle between mother and son, religion and friendship. The narrator is John Devine who is a loner until at 16 he meets Jamie who introduces John to pubs and criminals. Lily his mother quotes the bible alot and tries to keep him on the straight and narrow. This is magnificently written, its language is poetic in parts and is a pleasure to read. I highly recommend this novel. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of The Honey Trap and Always and Forever.
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly is now available in hardback. Its ISBN is 075287585X. The protagonist Jack Mc Evoy is losing his job on his paper duThe Scarecrow by Michael Connelly is now available in hardback. Its ISBN is 075287585X. The protagonist Jack Mc Evoy is losing his job on his paper due to recessionary cuts. Before he leaves he has two weeks to train in a fresh grad into his job. Jack decides he is going to go out with a blaze of glory and write the crime story of his career.He decides to write a story on a 16 year old boy Alonzo Winslow who raped and strangled a woman. Jack receives a phonce call from the kids mum saying he is innocent. With a little bit of old fashioned detective work he discovers the kid did not murder the woman. Whats worst he connects this murder to an earlier one in Las Vegas. He soon realizes there is a murderer on the lose and people are in jail for his crimes.The murderer is nicknamed The Scarecrow. The Scarecrow is a criminal who works on tha computer farm securing top secret data that must remain secure and he is prepared to kill to keep his secrets. Jack and his trainee Rachael has let off a digital tripwire and the killer knows he is on to him and he is waiting for him. In this fast paced thriller Jack joins up with his ex lover Rachael an FBI agent to catch The Scarecrow. They rush to stay alive and find the murderer and convict him. Will Jack and Rachael keep their jobs? This is a fast paced murder thiller that is a real page turner. The message of the novel is there is a dark side to technology it can work for or against you. Connolly fans and crime thriller readers will love this novel. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. ...more
John Connolly is a great literary crime writer. His latest novel The Reapers is an excellent fast paced novel. It has a great plot and is action packeJohn Connolly is a great literary crime writer. His latest novel The Reapers is an excellent fast paced novel. It has a great plot and is action packed, a real page turner. It has 544 pages long of excitement and is published by Hodder. Its ISBN is 034093668 and it is now in paperback. It’s cover announces “blood will follow” and in the chain of murders that follows it certainly does. In this book there are three main protagonists : Parker, Angel and Louis. The Reapers are elite killers and the plot is a cat and mouse game of killer seeking killers. Louis’s past comes back to haunt him and Louis and Angel are trapped in a town but Parker has help on the way but will it be too late ? I highly recommend this compelling novel. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap....more
My Book Review: WW11 Poetry---- 5 Star Rating Prussian Nights: A Poem (Bilingual ed. Tr from Russian) (Paperback)
Author: Aleksandr Isaevich SolzhenitMy Book Review: WW11 Poetry---- 5 Star Rating Prussian Nights: A Poem (Bilingual ed. Tr from Russian) (Paperback)
Author: Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn Translated By : Robert Conquest A primary source record of World War 11 in poetry."Prussian Nights," is a 1400 line long poem. Through the eyes of a Russian soldier (himself) he tells of the crimes he witnessed and that were committed against the Germans. It makes for sad reading but it is recorded beautifully and is an important Russian document. Here are two quotes from the book: The little daughter’s on the mattress, Dead. How many have been on it A platoon, a company perhaps? A girl’s been turned into a woman, A woman turned into a corpse. It's all come down to simple phrases: Do not forget! Do not forgive! Blood for blood! A tooth for a tooth! Victory's voice with all its joys --Heart-warming but ear-splitting noise-- Mounts, with a new lot breaking loose: Howitzers--they're 152's. Having rendezvous to keep Behind their tractor-type transporters, They don't stop night-time and don't sleep (No weight checks here to hold them up.) Whirling down the left-hand file, Studebakers, to support us, Are hauling lighter three-inch cannons: "Hey, there, stovepipe! Grab our tail!" Dodges--the three-quarter-ton ones-- Rush the forty-fives to fight. . . . Product details • Paperback: 128 pages • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (May 1977) • Language English • ISBN-10: 0374513910 • ISBN-13: 978-0374513917 • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.3 x 0.9 cm
Timeline by Michael Crichton (Book Review) This book was published in paperback by Arrow in 2006. It is a science fiction thriller that has since beenTimeline by Michael Crichton (Book Review) This book was published in paperback by Arrow in 2006. It is a science fiction thriller that has since been made into a movie. It is fast paced and full of danger, a gripping read. Doniger, Head of ITC plans a theme park with artefacts from the past for profit and he wants to revive it via his time machine. In 1999 his chief historian the professor has got in trouble in fourteenth century France and the young historians need to go back in time to save him. They are unaware of the dangers of the 14 th century France and they only have 37 hours to save him. They get split up but find their way home. It is an old fashioned adventure. Crichton has done alot of research for this book and it shows. He combines science of the future with historical past. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. ...more
The Good War: An Oral History of World War 11 by Studs Terkel (Book Review) This bestseller by Studs Terkel was republished in 1997 by New Press. It wThe Good War: An Oral History of World War 11 by Studs Terkel (Book Review) This bestseller by Studs Terkel was republished in 1997 by New Press. It won The Pulitzer Prize for non fiction and rightly so. The author presents over 120 interviews with people of all classes and all levels of involvement in World War 11. He interviews people both famous and infamous from both sides to give us as many perspectives as possible. It is a unique collection of primary sources on World War 11 and it is moving and very thought provoking. It is not an easy read and must be read in stages to ponder the true significance of the experiences of those involved. This oral history addresses the perceived notion that World War 11 was a good war. He proves that the Nazis needed to be defeated but there is no good war and no bad peace. In different voices the survivors tell of the impact and everlasting implications the war had on them. I do believe he was selective on who he interviewed but that is not important it gives us many other points of views. The book is confirming the authors own views on pacifism and it is an important historical document for anybody remotely interested in World War 11. Newsday describes it best as:” a vivid resurrection of a lost time”. It recounts the true cost of war and so as a primary source it is a highly recommended for those who are even remotely interested in history. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. ...more
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (Book Review) Brooklyn is a new novel by Colm Toibin.It is now available in paperback , its ISBN is : 067091813x and its publisBrooklyn by Colm Toibin (Book Review) Brooklyn is a new novel by Colm Toibin.It is now available in paperback , its ISBN is : 067091813x and its publisher is Viking. This enchanting novel is narrated in the third person but told from Eilis’s perspective. Set in Ireland after World War 11, Enniscorthy was a poor and Catholic place to live. Rose and her mother with the help of Fr.Flood arrange for Eilis to go and live and work in Brooklyn. The shy, unworldly girl travels by boat and is physically sick with fear. She must start a new life and make her own decisions. She realises on the boat journey that this voyage was her sister’s dream and she sacrificed it for her. After a very sad and lonely journey to settle into American life she meets an Italian man Tony and love blossoms. Rose dies suddenly and Eilis out of a sense of duty return homes. Tony is in America, her new life and career is in Brooklyn and she realises she is a new modern women and her mother wants her to stay in Ireland. She is tortured with guilt: duty or love. Then an Irish version of Tony is attracted to her, more chaos. She now has 2 men and 2 countries to choose from. She returns to America to continue her life. With a slow pace and lots of elegant prose Toibin beautifully captures the problems of all women duty versus career and duty versus love. He is incredably insightful to women’s feelings and protrays them perfectly.I felt her homesickness and her heartbreak. Her character grew up along the story with you. A lovely coming of age tale which I highly recommend. (I am bias I am Irish and a romance writer) Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.
Maeve Binchy : The Writers Club The Writers Club is a book written by Ireland’s queen of fiction Maeve Binchy as a beginner’s writers guide. It is publMaeve Binchy : The Writers Club The Writers Club is a book written by Ireland’s queen of fiction Maeve Binchy as a beginner’s writers guide. It is published by Orion and its ISBN is 0752883070. It is as one would expect written in Maeve’s usual style both witty and compassionate . She says everyone can write ! It comprises of 20 letters from Maeve to aspiring writers including advice on writing and getting published. Tips on what publishers and agents are looking for are included, as is snippets of a writer’s life. Blank pages are included for personal thoughts and notes so it can be used as a journal. A sweet short story by Maeve Binchy called Writing Class is also included. It is a pleasant book aimed to inspire people to just pick up a pen and begin to write. I am a huge Mave Binchy fan and that helped but I still highly recommend to all libraries, bookclubs, colleges and budding writers. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.
No Thank-you for the Book Cecelia Ahern Thanks for The Memories is a paperback fiction novel by Cecelia Ahern. It is published by Harper and its ISBN iNo Thank-you for the Book Cecelia Ahern Thanks for The Memories is a paperback fiction novel by Cecelia Ahern. It is published by Harper and its ISBN is 007233698. It is a warm uplifting story, beautifully written . I have read all Cecelia Ahern's books and I loved them all. This novel marks a new maturity and flexibility in her writing. I think this is her best novel yet. It is a sweet tale of a daughter and father relationship. Joyce Conway suffers a miscarriage and is rushed by her dad to ER. "I place my hand on my belly. If my child is gone, and I suspect this is so, I’ll join it there.grieve. I’ve landed now, the land of my life. And, still, my heart pumps on.Even when broken it still works. Where . . . where? Wherever. It; a heartless word. He or she so young; who it was to become, stilla question. But there, I will mother it. There, not here. I’ll tell it: I’m sorry, sweetheart, I’m sorry I ruined your chances, my chance – our chance of a life together. But close your eyes and stare into the darkness now, like Mummy is doing, and we’ll find our way together. There’s a noise in the room and I feel a presence. ‘Oh God, Joyce, oh God. Can you hear me, love? Oh God. Oh God. Oh, please no, Good Lord, not my Joyce, don’t take my Joyce. Hold on, love, I’m here. Dad is here.’ I don’t want to hold on and I feel like telling him so. I hear myself groan, an animal-like whimper and it shocks me, scares me. I have a plan, I want to tell him. I want to go, only then can I be with my baby. Then, not now. He’s stopped me from falling but I haven’t landed yet. Instead he helps me balance on nothing, hover while I’m forced to make the decision. I want to keep falling but he’s calling the ambulance and he’s gripping my hand with such ferocity it’s as though it is though I’m all he has. He’s brushing the hair from my forehead and weeping loudly. I’ve never heard him weep. Not even when Mum died. He clings to my hand with all of the strength I never knew his old body had and I remember that I am all he has and that he, once again just like before, is my whole world. The blood continues to rush through me. Rushing, rushing, rushing. We are always rushing. Maybe I’m rushing again. Maybe it’s not my time to go. I feel the rough skin of old hands squeezing mine, and their intensity and their familiarity force me to open my eyes. Light fills them and I glimpse his face, a look I never want to see again. He clings to his baby. I know I’ve lost mine; I can’t let him lose his. In making my decision I already begin to grieve." She receives an emergancy blood transfusion and the donor's Justin's memories. Joyce and Justin meet up occassionally and are instantly attracted to one another. A unique relationship is formed. Joyce is grieving from a divorce and miscarriage and Clever Justin is looking for meaning in his life. If you love romance and feel good stories you will love this book. Cecelia Ahern fans will be rewarded with another bestseller.I highly recommend this book. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. ...more
Brute Force by Andy Mc Nab Brute Force is Mc Nab’s 11th Nick Stone novel. It is published by Bantam Press and its ISBN is 0593055624. Nick Stone fans wBrute Force by Andy Mc Nab Brute Force is Mc Nab’s 11th Nick Stone novel. It is published by Bantam Press and its ISBN is 0593055624. Nick Stone fans will not be dissappointed. It is action packed fast and furious. It is a real page turner and ended too quickly for me. Stone used be in the UK special forces but is now retired. Still someone is trying to kill him. First his car blows up and then a man on the back of a motorbike tries to gun him down. He sets about trying to discover who is trying to kill him. This journey makes him revisit his past and he travels from Ireland to Norfolk to Libyia. It is a great but violent thriller. Fans of Mc Nab or terrorist novels must buy this. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. ...more
Arctic Drift by Clive and Dirk Cussler (Book Review)
Now in paperback Artic Drift by the Cusslers is the 20th Dirk Pitt novel in the series. It is pubArctic Drift by Clive and Dirk Cussler (Book Review)
Now in paperback Artic Drift by the Cusslers is the 20th Dirk Pitt novel in the series. It is published by Michael Joseph and its ISBN is 0718154703. This quick and exciting James Bond type of thriller is a well researched and beautifully written novel. There is the usual villain (Goyette) and good guys (Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino). Some dangers: ice breakers, dynamite are included and some great adventures: scuba divers and sailing ships in the book. The basic plot is a discovery to reverse global warming, sudden deaths and international incidents that may lead the US and her allies to war. Goyette is pumping harmful carbon dioxide into the war and is killing fish and people. Dirk and his family know Goyette is behind this but can they prove it? Yes, it is action packed and well researched with science and fiction inter weaved into yet another fantastic novel. I loved the suspense and it informs and entertains all at once. Some thought it was too preachy but I thought it ended too quickly. You have to buy this novel if you love action packed novels. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. ...more
Debt Busters by Eddie Hobbs (Book Review) Debt Busters is the subject of a new money management book by TV Consumer Expert Eddie Hobbs. Its ISBN is 185Debt Busters by Eddie Hobbs (Book Review) Debt Busters is the subject of a new money management book by TV Consumer Expert Eddie Hobbs. Its ISBN is 1856079805 and it is published by Currach Press. It contains 192 pages of clear and useful financial information on managing your income and debts through this economic recession. He also explains the Irish banking sytem and the legal and financial options for people in bad debt. I recommend this book as a practical aid to managing your finances. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap ...more
Grow Your Own Drugs: Easy recipes for natural remedies and beauty treatments by James Wong. (Book Review)
Grow your own drugs is the accompanying bookGrow Your Own Drugs: Easy recipes for natural remedies and beauty treatments by James Wong. (Book Review)
Grow your own drugs is the accompanying book to the BBC Series by James Wong. It is published by Collins and its ISBN is 0007307136. This hardback book is beautifully laid out and gives clear and easy to follow instructions on how to make your own lotions and potions for common ailments and beauty treatments. Wong explains how easy it is to cure yourself and have control over what medicine you put into your body , at a fraction of the high street prices. Mr. Wong is a lecturer at Kent University and a qualified ethnobotanist but confesses he learned a lot of his recipes from his Malaysian grandmother. He selects the top 100 plants to grow and gives their natural healing properties. A must for natural medicine practitioners or for those interested in alternative medicine. I highly recommend this book in conjunction with using conventional medicine. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.
WINNER OF THE BELLWETHER PRIZE FOR FICTION Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (Book Review) This debut novel Mudbound has rightly won many literary awards andWINNER OF THE BELLWETHER PRIZE FOR FICTION Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (Book Review) This debut novel Mudbound has rightly won many literary awards and praises from literary critics. It is published by Windmill and its ISBN is 0099524686. The book begins with a grave scene and each character tells in their own voice the story of how they arrived at the pitiless burial of their father. The farm Mudbound is situated in Delta in the US in 1946 at the end of World War 11 and deals with family dynamics and racism. Two heroes Jamie and Ronsel return from war with their own scars but face their own battles on homeland. The two brothers in arms form a friendship based on mutual respect for fighting for their country. But in a small and bigoted rural land the black man Ronsel is delegated to a boy and is segregated from the whites. The two ignore orders to stop mixing and there are terrible consequences. Both families’ lives are changed forever. “Sometimes it is necessary to do wrong, sometimes it is the only way to make things right.”There are sad and disturbing accounts of violence and racism but it needs to be said and said loudly to learn from past mistakes, we all are equal. It is a sad recall of a time past of racialism and war and how it can have devastating and lasting harm on people. It is a sad but beautiful portrayal of many characters points of view white and black, male and female. Each in their own voice tell their own tale. I highly recommend this tale. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. Book Trailer : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S3AFk... ...more
The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey (Book Review) The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey is now in paperback by Jonathan Cape. It has been short listed for thThe Wilderness by Samantha Harvey (Book Review) The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey is now in paperback by Jonathan Cape. It has been short listed for the Orange Prize. It is the author’s debut novel. She has a masters degree in philosphy and has taught English, so I am now suprised it is literary and truthfull. It has been brillantly researched. This is a psychological fiction novel about Jake a 60 year old architect who has short term memory loss but his long term memory is ok. The story is his reconciltion of life as he remembers it as he sits on a plane overlooking his country. It is written in a compassionate and literary style. Nothing is as it seems. The disease highlights loss and confusion in life.
“In amongst a sea of events and names that have been forgotten, they are a number of episodes that float with striking buoyancy to the surface”.
As his Alzheimers progresses his memory and his identity goes. It is narrated in the third person and its prose is lyrical. This book is the wilderness of a confused mind attacked by Alzheimers Disease. The story moves back and forth as Jake goes through memories. Fact and fiction and past and present blur in his stories.
” I feel like all my wires are been unplugged one by one. Not even in order just one by one.”
This is heartwrenching and a thought provoking read. It reads like a family drama and we slowly gather the jigsaw pieces together to discover the true story. This book conveys the signifance of our memory and the cruelty of old age. We can outlive our bodies and minds. Anything is plausible and nothing is certain. The themes that run through the novel are: loss, conflict, marriage, love and religion.
When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson When Will There Be Good News is a literary crime novel by Kate Atkinson. This bestseller is published byWhen Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson When Will There Be Good News is a literary crime novel by Kate Atkinson. This bestseller is published by Black Swan and its ISBN is 0552772453. It is a tale concerned with fate, loss and memory. Her story’s theme is irrecoverable loss of love ones and how our past is part of our present thus begging the question when will there be good news? It has a brillant opening and suspense is built up from the very beginning. 6 Year old Joanna witnesses her mother, brother and sister been slaughtered by a total stranger while out for a walk. She obeys her mother and runs into the long grasses where she escapes Decker. Even the family dog is killed. We meet Joanna again 30 years later when she is a successful doctor married with a child. She employs a 16 year old Nanny Reggie. Chief Inspector Louise Monroe informs Dr. Hunter that Decker is been released from prison he has served his time. Next, Dr. Hunter disappears and Reggie is the only one concerned about her disappearance. She dutifully informs the gaurds, her husband swears she is safe, away for a while. Louise Monroe meets up with her friend the ex-cop turned PI Jackson Brodie. There are many characters and digressions well intergrated into a gripping suspense novel. It is a complex novel but a great suspense read. Her fans and crime writers will not be disappointed. I recommend this thriller. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. ...more
The White Tiger Escapes His Cage The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Book Review) The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga was published in 2008 by Atlantic BookThe White Tiger Escapes His Cage The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Book Review) The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga was published in 2008 by Atlantic Books. This debut novel has won many literary awards Man Booker Prize and Galaxy Author of The Year. It is an evocative and unflattering account of modern India: its injustices and corruption. It is amoral tale written in a crudely contemporary style of writing. It is the voice of the oppressed poor. The divide between the rich and poor are spelled out clearly and in an irreverent and satirical way. It is a tale of two Indias: the rich and the poor two totally different worlds. One in slums with no education, electricity where the poor live in basements. The poor are exploited, abused and need to bribe police and politicians. Then they are the rich the fat bellies who are masters who exploit the poor. The main plot is how Balram Halwai rose from the darkness (rags) to riches and became an entrepreneur by murder. He kills his boss and stole millions of rupees and escaped to Bangalore .We learn this from his seven letters he wrote to the Premier of China spelling out the true facts of his corrupt India. Despite his vile actions he is portrayed as a clever and likable character with flaws forced upon him by the corrupt state he lives in. He has his own code of morality. He is merely working the system. I highly recommend this novel. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. ...more
The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite (Book Review) The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite is a bestselling literary novel by Beatrice Colin. It is a papeThe Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite (Book Review) The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite is a bestselling literary novel by Beatrice Colin. It is a paperback published by John Murray and its ISBN is 1848540310. It is so well written it is a pleasure to read and it is full of historical content of 20th century Germany and the history of the movie industry. It is a sad and touching story rich in characterisation and highly evocative. Through a lovers quarrel Lilly is orphaned and sent to a Catholic orphanage. It is a poor and depressing time in Berlin and Lilly is befriended by Hanne. Hanne is street wise and looks out for Lilly, they form a sisterhood and bond that survives love affairs and wartime. Lilly and Hanne move from the night clubs to the film motion pictures. Lilly is strikingly pretty and sings beautifully and so she becomes a success in the movies in Germany. Then she meets a man who could ruin everything, will she risk her success and future? This story is a sad historical fictional story of 20th century Germany. There is no happy ending but such is life we are born into a period of time and live the deck of cards we are handed. There is depth in this story and great detail and it is obvious a lot of historical research has been done by the author. I highly recommend this beautifully written tale. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. ...more
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (Book Review) The Cellist of Sarajevo is a fictional account of the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s. It is bThe Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (Book Review) The Cellist of Sarajevo is a fictional account of the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s. It is beautifully written by Steven Galloway and published by Atlantic Books. Its ISBN is 1843547414. The book's theme is the destruction and carnage of war and the fragility of life. From the three characters Arrow, Dragan and Kenan we get their different perspectives of the civil war and its daily struggles to retain humantity and survival. They long for normaility and through their flashbacks we learn what ordinary life was like in Sarajevo before the civil war.Amidst sniper shots the people travel to work or go and collect water and amidst this chaos there is a cellist. The cellist plays his music at the same spot in the bread line for 22 days where 22 people were killed. It is the music of hope and of inspiration and Arrow the counter sniper protects the cellist and thus her city and culture. Everyday basic needs like electricity and water are gone, family are suffering or in exile and yet they struggle to retain humantity and joy in the little things of life.It is a sad and moving book that transends time and place. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap. ...more