Book Reviews

Book Review – Hand Me Down World

Hand Me Down World

By Lloyd Jones

Enraptured from the first page. This author will be on my must read list as his style paints word pictures that are clear and yet the tale is opaque enough to add a little mystery.

Story telling by the third person we expect but this is just the second remove and the development of the main character is superb.

Just a touch from each of the influencers in this remarkable journey through life has painted a personality rather than just a physical being. The reader still has no idea what this attractive woman looks like or what her given name is and yet she lives and breathes and is real.

The author paints each of the participants clearly as personalities rather than people and the story hold together extremely well

I hesitate between an all-time high of 8 and 7.5 so take your pick

Page reference Chapter 8 Page 59 is one of many

Par B ‘In this park” to the end of that paragraph.

Lindsay Robertson

Book Review – Open by Andre Agassi

Lindsay Robertson rates this book as 8 as it appears to be a warts and all expose of one sportsman’s journey through an unusual lifestyle. Click  to read Lindsay’s review of the book.



Joan’s “A Walkabout Life” Book Launch

Many U3A Sunny Coasters will know Joan Benbow from the U3A Lecture she gave about her life nursing in remote communities. She recently released a book about it, A Walkabout Life, launched at Coast Life Midwifery on 22 September 2018. for photos and the notes of Jan Johnston’s speech launching the book.

Book Review – Robicheaux by James Lee Burke

Robicheaux (you know my name) is James Lee Burke’s latest book.  It is a crime novel with many twists and turns, with echoes of the old South and an unfavourable view of politics in the area. James Lee Burke writes beautifully.  No wonder he is a best-selling author. Dave Robicheaux is a detective in a Parish near New Orleans, and the narrator of the novel.

Book Review – Ragtime by EL Doctorow

This has to be a favorite book by a favorite author for Steve Reilly. On his fourth reading, this time in critique mode, he has marked it down a little. for his full review.

Book Review – Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Steve Reilly thought this book was way longer than it needed to be, with way too much padding etc. He rated it 4. for his full review.

Book Review – Dirt Music by Tim Winton

Set in northern WA, Dirt Music won the Miles Franklin in 2002 and was short listed for the Booker in the same year. Steve Riley read the book in 2002 and has now reread it. Steve now rates it a 6 but mainly for the sentence by sentence reading pleasure, rather than the story telling.  for Steve’s review.

Book Review – Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

This book gives the reader a view of  a section of American society that President Trump looked to for support. The author grew up in rust belt America. It is a fascinating memoir of a boy made good from tough circumstances.

Book Review – Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Steve Reilly was not impressed with this old French classic. and see if you agree with his assessment of the novel and of changes in writing since the 1800s.

Book Review – The Invention of Wings By Sue Monk Kidd

Lindsay Robertson says “An extraordinary story with the raw emotions of the main characters reaching to the heart.”

Steve Riley “enjoyed reading this book from the point of view of the history of that time and place, however .. found the read a bit tedious overall, the story too drawn out. “

For their full reviews

Book Review – Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Steve Reilly rates this book a 6.
He says it is a page turner but not one of the great crime thrillers. He found it to be a competently written work with a good flow of words but with no ‘wow’ passages. For his full review

Book Review – The Dinner by Herman Koch

I really liked this book which has been translated from the Dutch. Not attractive characters and the situations could be a bit confronting for some, but I found the book a real page turner. I had to find out what was happening next.

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