• Articles,  Literary,  Reviews

    My year in books (2016)

    With a few weeks still to go in 2016 (I’m currently reading The Sportswriter by Richard Ford), a count of 54 books read so far this year isn’t the worst number to end with. After starting the year off in style at the Jaipur Literary Festival (my first experience that you can read all about on my Huffington Post blog), 2016 involved me reading new works from old favourites (Lee Child, Cornelia Funke, Rick Riordan), even as I explored in more detail authors I’d first read over the last two years and loved (Neil Gaiman, Amy Tan, Anita Shreve, Maggie…

  • Books,  General,  Literary,  Reviews

    The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan

    Having randomly picked up and enjoyed Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter from my library in Spain back in 2014, I was keen to read more from her. Especially her debut novel, which many said was one of her finest work. It took me until mid-2016 before I could get a copy of The Joy Luck Club, but boy was it worth the wait. The book, written the year I was born, is a thing of beauty. There are 4 sections divided between 8 characters who each narrate one chapter, which themselves are short-story-like vignettes giving us a brief but absorbing glimpse…

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