June 17, 2020

I don’t read much crime fiction, so I may be mistaken, but I don’t think this refreshing French award-winner follows the typical pattern.

Patience Portefeux is a 53 yr-old police translator tasked with deciphering the phone messages of north African drug gangs. But her elderly mum is in a home. It’s expensive. And she realises the information she gleans from the wire taps could help her set up her own lucrative drug trade.

I found The Godmother off-putting to start with, as the tone is a bit arrogant, brusque and pretentious, but as I got to know the main character I realised that she was the pretentious one, and the narrative was just wonderfully immersed in this unusual character. As soon as that clicked, the tone felt fresh and interesting, as did the main character’s moral outlook and the impact of her personal history.

A palate-cleansing read and a gripping crime narrative.

June 7, 2020

2007 Man Booker Prize winner.

Another Irish novel, this one is about a woman coming to terms with the death of her brother.

Difficult subject matter but the author catches all the nuances and complexities of families and bereavement.

May 31, 2020

Recommended by a colleague.

A thought provoking and significant book about the importance of not shying from talking about death and what matters to us as the end comes near.

Beautifully written.

May 24, 2020

A subject I know very well and yet this book was jam packed with new things to consider. Such as, studies show damp conditions and overcrowding leads to less allergies in children.

The biggest take away is we are all different, one diet doesn't fit all but variety is the spice of life (as long as it is unprocessed!).

And how funny that you lose doctor in your title if you become a professor (that was not in the book!).

May 17, 2020

Interesting and informative, does what it says on the tin.

May 10, 2020

The story of an unnamed girl who is half English, half Brazilian trying to figure out how she fits in the world.

Beautifully written, very poetic.

I could do with a second reading though to solidify the storyline/characters as the timeline jumps around and there are lots of Portuguese words.

May 3, 2020

It doesn't quite do what it says on the tin, rather it's a love story interspersed with snippets of non-fiction about romantic relationships.

Apparently I have an avoidant attachment style.

Very relatable and thought provoking.

April 26, 2020

A children's book about two Mongolian boys that turn up at a primary school (with polaroid type photos interspersed.)

Well written and funny.

April 19, 2020

Fab book with lots of real life examples.

I hope I can apply his principles to improve my life or someone else’s.

April 12, 2020

(translated from Italian)

A children's novel I thought my 11 year old would read (not) about a girl going blind from Stargardt disease.

A beautiful, moving book.

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