Tag Archives: Novel

Half Girlfriend, by Chetan Bhagat

Half Girlfriend follows the complicated relationship between Madhav Jha and Riya Somani, who meet at college in Delhi. Madhav is heir of  a faded “royal” family from a poor Indian town where his mother manages and teaches at the local impoverished … Continue reading

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number9dream, David Mitchell

I’ve liked most of what I’ve read of David Mitchell’s work. He writes in interesting ways – never satisfied in telling a story in the most straight forward way, he experiments with genres, styles and, writing forms; even in the … Continue reading

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Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

I have strong but mixed feelings about David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten. I love his style and the way he structures this collection of inter-related stories, but some of the content of those stories is jarringly crude. It’s a similar issue I’ve … Continue reading

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Funny Girl, Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby was another safe bet. Another author who could be trusted to help me out of the book-reading difficulties I had last year. One of the appealing things about Funny Girl was its nostalgia; there were a lot of … Continue reading

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Mercy and Imprisonment

The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner Gloria has a few books by Susan Meissner. She told me one of them included references to Lady Jane Grey. I’ve been fascinated with Jane since my pre-teens and in recent years I’ve … Continue reading

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The House That Was Eureka by Nadia Wheatley

I have a vague recollection (probably faulty) that Nadia Wheatley gave a lunch time talk when I was at university. It would have been sometime between 1990 and 1993. Or maybe it never happened at all. At that time, all … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Didn’t Know Kelly, by David Martin

Following on from a book about Ned Kelly’s mum, here is another book related to the well-known bushranger. This one is a “Young Adult” novel dating from the mid 1980s. The book is based in Beechworth (a favourite place of … Continue reading

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The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

A disappointing book that had the potential to be entertaining but for the most part falls short. Apart from the opening and last few chapters, most of this book seemed like it was merely killing time, packing out a story … Continue reading

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Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby

Duncan’s life is centred on his obsession with musician Tucker Crowe. His idea of a good holiday is a pilgrimage visiting sites of “relevance” to Crowe’s career. Juliet is Crowe’s most successful album, after which he disappeared into anonymity, until … Continue reading

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Prophetess by Keven Newsome

Prophetess is the follow-up to Keven Newsome’s Winter, a book I reviewed here on my older blog: http://out-shadows.blogspot.co.nz/2012/01/winter-keven-newsome.html A lot of what I wrote there could also apply to Prophetess so I recommend a look at that earlier review. The … Continue reading

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