Book review

The Russian Concubine, by Kate Furnivall

Set in China in 1928, this book tells the story of Lydia, the young daughter of an exiled Russian aristocrat who fled the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Due to the circumstances of their departure, Lydia and her mother have very little to live on and survive by various unfortunate means. During one of her forays into the old Chinese part of town, Lydia encounters Chang An Lo, a young communist, who saves her life and, in so doing, binds them together in a future which will take many surprising twists and turns. Read More »

Life on Air, by David Attenborough

Have you heard of David Attenborough? What am I saying, of course you have! Everyone knows, and loves, David Attenborough! He has one of the most recognisable voices in the world and is the face of natural history.
I have always loved watching his documentary series, I have quite a few of them on DVD actually, so I knew I would enjoy his memoir. What I was not expecting, was just how much I would love it and how much I would learn about this great man. Read More »

TransAtlantic, by Colum McCann

As the title suggests, this wonderful book spans two continents, and multiple centuries as well. The first part of the book tells the stories of three notable Atlantic crossings. The first, although not historically, is the tale of the first two men to fly nonstop across the Atlantic, from Canada to Ireland in 1919. Next comes Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave turned author, orator and abolitionist, who journeys to Ireland on a book tour in 1845. And finally, Senator George Mitchell, who frequently travels to Ireland and back, to play a major role in the Good Friday Agreements in 1998. Read More »

One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow, by Olivia Hawker

One of my favourite reads of 2020 so far!! I had been hearing such a great buzz around this book, I knew I just had to read it for myself, and I was not disappointed.
Let me set the scene: two families living in the unforgiving Wyoming frontier, carving an existence out of the wilderness. Suddenly a catastrophic event casts both families into severe difficulties, forcing them to band together in order for them all to survive the winter, in spite of the fact that the women of each family are very much at odds. Imagine an entire, cold and snowy winter spent indoors with someone who cannot stand the sight of you! And so the story unfolds. Read More »

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, by Greta Thunberg

I bought and read this book for the Reading Women Challenge 2020, for prompt number 3, a book about the environment. It seemed like the logical choice to me, as Greta is such an inspiring young person who is doing such important work at the moment to bring attention to the global climate change crisis. And yes, in Greta’s words, it is a crisis and we need to treat it as such. Read More »