Book Reviews

Mr Panda is happy to help his friends prepare for a special surprise, so long as they remember to use their manners. The delightful Mr Panda, Lemur and a bunch of new friends are back for a third hilarious story about the importance of good manners. Steve Antony, who is both author and illustrator, has had a… Read More

This astonishing memoir of a childhood lived in extreme poverty in Latin America was hailed as an instant classic following its publication in Colombia in 2012, almost a decade after the death of its author. Now translated into English, The Book of Emma Reyes describes in vivid detail, the remarkable courage and imagination of a young girl… Read More

Acclaimed Norwegian author, Lars Mytting, recently published his debut fiction novel, The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, translated from the original Norwegian by Paul Russell Garrett. Following (chronologically and poetically) his bestselling non-fiction book on woodcutting, Norwegian Wood, this novel is a tender story about finding one’s roots. For most of his twenty-five years on… Read More

Anthony Horowitz may not be that well known to people for his books, even though this is his fifth, but his unseen work as the writer of TV detective series such as Foyle’s War and Midsummer Murders will certainly be more familiar. Two of his books have been Sherlock Holmes stories and one a follow… Read More

Before there was Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, there was Fergus Hume's The Mystery of a Hansom Cab the biggest and fastest-selling detective novel of the 1800s, and Australia's first literary blockbuster. BLOCKBUSTER! is the engrossing story of a book that would help define the genre of crime fiction, and a portrait of a great city in full… Read More

If you love the idea of a giant pig in a swim suit, a host of mush-zombie like creatures with a special emphasis on the pronunciation of the letter ‘s’, plus a host of other eccentric characters battling for the possession of ancient magic amidst the underground rivers of London’s sewage system, then The Secret… Read More

The Music Shop is a good fun read. For a moment I was worried that its music store setting might make it similar to Nick Hornby’s Hi Fidelity from 1995, but those fears quickly vanished. This music shop is owned by Frank, a tall ungainly man who has one special talent, the ability to read… Read More

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