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Fifty Shades of Grey

E. L. James Favourite Quote: I don’t subscribe to luck or chance, Miss Steele. The harder I work the more luck I seem to have. Review: A hard to imagine novel reminiscent of Twilight style where the main character – infinitely more “grey” in personality than the titular character – falls in love with someoneContinue reading “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Greyfriars Bobby

Eleanor Atkinson Favourite Quote: Bobby does not need a monument, but I think we need one of him, that future generations may never forget what the love of a dog may mean, to himself and to us. Review: An engaging tale of the famous Skye Terrier those familiar with Edinburgh lovingly walk past. Written inContinue reading “Greyfriars Bobby”

Range

David Epstein Favourite Quote: “Learning stuff was less important than learning about oneself. Exploration is not just a whimsical luxury of education. It is of central benefit” Review: This book starts out incredibly strong with a wonderful comparison of the success of two sporting superstars – Tiger Woods and Rodger Federer. Reading the different approachesContinue reading “Range”

And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie Favourite Quote: “Ten little soldier boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were Nine.” Review: My first plunge into the world of Agatha and certainly not a disappointment. A great story which is beautifully foreshadowed in the poem – a teaser of which is in the favouriteContinue reading “And Then There Were None”

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger Favourite Quote: “That guy Morrow was about as sensitive as a goddam toilet seat” Review: The perfect novel for anyone feeling lost in life. To describe this book in one word I would use the word angsty. Giving us the perspective of a rebellious teenager at ends with those around him and strugglingContinue reading “The Catcher in the Rye”

The Quaker

Liam McIlvanney Favourite Quote: “Not everything’s a chess problem, son.” Review: An exciting thriller set in 1960s Glasgow which will excite all those familiar with the area or for those interested in hearing a sprinkling of Scots in their literature. With a compelling lead character who is sufficiently different to his counterparts to keep youContinue reading “The Quaker”

No Country for Old Men

Cormac McCarthy Favourite Quote: “There is no description of a fool, he said, that you fail to satisfy. Now you’re goin to die” Review: A true cat and mouse tail this novel is one of the most enticing I have come across. All three main characters are provided sufficient detail for us to draw interestContinue reading “No Country for Old Men”

Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Love and Loss

Rachel Clarke Favourite Quote: “But what dominates palliative medicine is not the proximity to death, but the best bits of living. Kindness, courage, tenderness – these are the qualities that so often saturate a person’s last days.” Review: Poignant and a genuine insight into the emotional difficulties of supporting a loved one through a terminalContinue reading “Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Love and Loss”

A Bit of a Stretch: The Diaries of a Prisoner

Chris Atkins Favourite Quote: “Modern laws would prohibit Harlow from repeating his experiment today, but it’s still acceptable to inflict this terrible treatment on human beings.” Review: An enlightening read into life in a maximum-security UK prison. Not focused on the facts and figures so much as the diary entries of a one man’s dailyContinue reading “A Bit of a Stretch: The Diaries of a Prisoner”

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