Book Reviews

While John Grisham might be best known for his adult legal fiction, more recently, he has been successful in engaging a much younger readership. Theodore Boone: The Activist is the fourth book in Grisham’s Theodore Boone series for young readers, and proves to be another entertaining and informative book for “tween” adventure lovers. The Activist… Read More

If you’re worried about being a “sucker”, or tired of being a “chump”, then it’s time to get with the lingo. Become familiar with the slang on the streets, the jargon of the criminal world, and the vernacular of investigation. With Part 3 of this A-Z Guide to Crime Speak you’ll be well prepared to… Read More

When you hear of cops walking the “beat” does it conjure images of uniformed officers breaking out into Fred Astaire tap routines? When you read about somebody being a “fence”, do you confusedly imagine him standing deadly still upright alongside your pumpkins and petunias? Here is Part 2 of your A-Z Guide to Crime Speak… Read More

Who doesn’t love a good crime novel and the whodunit suspense of a cracking murder mystery? There’s just something satisfyingly entertaining about the gritty world of con artists, safecrackers, cutthroats and killers. Perhaps though, like me, you adopt a fill-in-the-blanks approach to the criminal jargon interspersed through the narrative. Here is Part 1 of your… Read More

From the author of The Silver Linings Playbook (now an Oscar-winning movie) comes a brave and powerful novel about a troubled teenager. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, Matthew Quick’s fourth novel, is a highly important book that is as much a story for young as for older adults. Meet Leonard Peacock, the story’s narrator. Leonard is… Read More

1. 1000 Places to See before You Die This book is a New York Times #1 bestseller for a reason – it is ideal for those who need a wish list of where to go on their next adventure and is an informative and practical read. 2. World’s Best Travel Experience’s: 400 Extraordinary Places 400… Read More

As classics go, it’s always rather good to escape the promenading of Wordsworth’s Lake District and Austen’s heroines fussing about in middle England when you have the chance. From Greene’s beautiful depiction of Vietnam to Rhys’ lucid longing for the Caribbean, colonial literature expands classic literature beyond the back garden to the moral and social… Read More

Let me begin by saying don’t be put off by the numerous bad (and whining) reviews you will read about Lauren Weisberger’s sequel to The Devil Wears Prada. While Revenge Wears Prada may not win any literary awards, it doesn’t need to – it’s Chick Lit. It fulfils its role as a light-hearted, easy read… Read More

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