The Review: The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla (Ed, 2016)

  Title: The Good Immigrant Author: Nikesh Shukla (Editor) Date Of Version Reviewed: 2016 Publisher: Unbound RRP: £14.99 ISBN: 978-1-78352-295-8 What the book is about… Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, The Good Immigrant explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be…

The Review: The Stand by Stephen King (1979)

Title: The Stand Author: Stephen King Date Of Version Reviewed: 2011 Publisher: Hodder RRP: £9.99 ISBN: 978-1-4447-2073-0 What the book is about… ‘First come the days of the plague. Then come the dreams. Dreams that warn of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of…

The Review: Blindness by Jose Saramago (1995)

Title: Blindness Author: Jose Saramago (translated by Giovanni Pontiero) Date Of Version Reviewed: 2004 Publisher: Vintage Classics RRP: £8.99 ISBN: 978-0-099-57358-6 What the book is about… What happens when a whole city goes blind? Not just a few people… the whole city. Maybe the whole country. Except one person remains able to see. The city turns to ruin…

The Review: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)

  Title: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Author: Lewis Carroll Date Of Version Reviewed: 2009 Publisher: Oxford University Press RRP: £5.99 ISBN: 978-0-19-955829-2 What the book is about… Having become bored with her sister’s book, Alice chases The White Rabbit down the rabbit-hole into a bizarre world of talking cats, painting playing…

The Review: Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)

  Title: Slaughterhouse 5 Author: Kurt Vonnegut Date Of Version Reviewed: 2007 Publisher: The Independant RRP: £3.49 ISBN: 977-1753-312009-17   What the book is about… Slaughterhouse 5 introduces the reader to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in a time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display…

The Review: The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald (1926)

Title: The Great Gatsby Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Date Of Version Reviewed: 2013 Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics RRP: £6.99 ISBN: 978-0-141-394367 What the book is about… Day and night Jay Gatsby’s mansion on West Egg buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby – young, handsome, fabulously rich –…

The Review: The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass (1959)

Title: The Tin Drum Author: Gunter Grass Date Of Version Reviewed: 2004 Publisher: Vintage Classics RRP: £10.99 ISBN: 978-0-099-46604-8 Much like the stonecutter in his novel The Tin Drum,Gunter Grass carved this masterpiece out of solid granite; a masterpiece that will go down in history as one of the greatest post-war novels of all time. Oskar…

The Review: The Black Book by Ian Rankin (1993)

Title: The Black Book Author: Ian Rankin Date Of Version Reviewed: 2011 Publisher: Orion Fiction RRP: £7.99 ISBN: 978-1-4072-4661-1 What the book is about… When a close colleague is brutally attacked, inspector John Rebus is brawn into a case involving a hotel fire, an identified body, and a long forgotten night of terror and murder. Pursued…

The Review: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (1929)

  Title: The Sound and the Fury (TSATF) Author: William Faulkner Date Of Version Reviewed: 1995 Publisher: Vintage RRP: £8.99 ISBN: 978-0-099-47501-9 What the book is about… Depicting the gradual disintegration of the Compson family through four fractured narratives, The Sound and the Fury explores intense, passionate family relationships where there is no love, only self-centredness. At…

The Review: The Literature Book (2016) by James Canton et al

Title: The Literature Book Author: James Canton et al Publication Date: 2016 Publisher: DK ISBN: 9-780241-015469 What the book is about… The Literature Book is one in a series of brilliant books that encompass a wide range of information about a particular topic. This book spans over 20 centuries – ranging from Homer and Dante…

Author’s favourite novels…

I have always been intrigued with novels that impress novelists – what makes an author go ‘wow’? Here are some authors and their favourite novels of all time.. Horror legend Stephen King takes to Twitter with his recommendations for novels to read. He mentions ‘Red Moon’ by Benjamin Percy, ‘Dominion’ by C.J Sansom and Alex…