Book Review

Book review - The Young Pretender by Michael Arditti

Review by Adele Geras - "Sparkling with wit and shot through with sadness: a winning combination." (Before I begin , I'd like to thank Michael Arditti for sharing these pictures with me. I'm afraid that, probably owing to my own technological incompetence, I was unable to upload all of them straight to this blog, so […]

Book Review- Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

Reviewed by Adèle Geras, in conversation with guest Sally Christie. "We agreed we’d learned a huge amount but also that we’d laughed aloud often." Sally Christie has been a children's book editor and a writer of young fiction. She has also been a goat keeper and a cheese maker, both of which were a lot […]

Cogito Books Review of Dangerous Women

Cogito Books Book Club has reviewed Hope Adams’ Book, Dangerous Women We enjoyed a wonderful discussion of Dangerous Women by Hope Adams at our Cogito Book Group. We were all inspired by the fact that the author built such a compelling, complex narrative around the true events leading to the creation of the Rajah Quilt. […]

Some thoughts about the novel by Adele Geras

The novel is in rude good health. Millions of people all over the world buy novels, read them, discuss them, take them out of libraries, pounce on them in charity shops, borrow them from friends and discover them on Kindles. Money is being made by lots of publishers and even a few writers. There are […]

Tara Westover's Educated - reviewed by Adele Geras

The cover of Tara Westover's Educated is striking. The passage quoted on the back of the book tells you something of what this memoir is about: the author's journey from Idaho to a PhD from Cambridge, a path strewn with astonishing descriptions of life in her extraordinary family. It also demonstrates some of the power […]

Tombland by C J Sansom, reviewed by Adele Geras

A rich, complicated and fascinating novel ... I was swept up in it. When this enormous novel was published in early November this year, it went straight to the very top of the Nielsen Bookscan charts, selling about 45,000 copies. A few weeks before it appeared, there was a piece in the Sunday Times by […]

SIRACUSA by Delia Ephron, reviewed by Adèle Geras

A couple of weeks ago, the Twitter hills were alive with the sound of readers discussing the relative merits and demerits of reading ebooks. I'm a fan of the printed book and the printed newspaper, but I love my Kindle too. One of the best things about Kindle is: instant gratification. It took me about […]

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, reviewed by Adele Geras

... a genre that I'm very fond of: characters are thrown together and isolated somewhere beyond the reach of the outside world. Liane Moriarty is an Australian writer, best known for Big Little Lies, which was a huge success on television. The book is better than the television version, in my opinion, and her earlier […]

I was born in Jerusalem in 1944 and spent my early childhood in many different countries because my father was in the Colonial Service. Before I was eleven, I'd lived in Cyprus, Nigeria, and North Borneo and later my parents were also sent to the Gambia and Tanganyika (now Tanzania)... read more.

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