book review

Book Review – New Lanark In Search of Utopia

New Lanark – In Search of Utopia by C A Hope This is the final book in the trilogy by C A Hope which is based on the true story of the birth of the New Lanark cotton mills which is now a UNESCO Heritage Site. Previously I reviewed the first two books: New Lanark Spinning New Lives and New [...]

New Lanark: Living with a Visionary – by C A Hope

This is the second part of a trilogy by C A Hope which is based on the true story of the birth of the New Lanark cotton mills which is now a UNESCO Heritage Site. Previously I reviewed the first book: New Lanark Spinning New Lives, in this magazine. I enjoyed the first book which mixed fiction with [...]

Women on the Shelf – Run by Ann Patchett

Bernadette had been dead two weeks when her sisters showed up in Doyle’s living room asking for the statue back. Ann Patchett certainly knows how to write an arresting beginning to a story! [...]

Death of a butterfly

They say that you should write about what you know. This book is testament to that practice although not in a predicable, factual way. To start with, it is a novel and a novel with a good storyline. Secondly, centre stage revolves around a woman. All the more impressive, then that Simon Brown [...]

Book Review – Dear son. What I wish I’d known at your age.

I was a little daunted when offered this book to review but I was so wrong to be so! I genuinely thoroughly enjoyed it and did two things that I very rarely do when reading “development”-type books. I laughed out loud and I read it in a single afternoon. I was expecting a heavier tone but was [...]

Women on the Shelf – The House of the Spirits

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende Reviewed by Aileen Paterson I was very surprised to learn that this book had been banned in several US schools for its ‘frank treatment of sexual themes’. It had been some time since I had read it (maybe fifteen years or more) but I couldn’t remember [...]
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