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.

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.

April 5, 2020

Great book about the life of a midwife.

March 29, 2020

Unique and supremely well-written book looking at the history of children's books.

March 22, 2020

A fascinating true crime book written from the perpetrator's perspective.

A gripping read with no easy answers to how the outcome could have been prevented.

March 15, 2020

Eleven cases that Sarah represented as a Barrister.

Page turning insight into the UK justice system.

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