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Forests Of Silence. Deltora Quest Book 1

Reviewed by Tobias Age 8

Please enjoy this wonderful review by our youngest reviewer, Tobias Age 8   "Deltora Quest was written by the great author Emily Rodda, The first book in the series is The Forest of Silence. In the quest for the first jem, the Topaz which has the power to calm, show spiri... (continued)

Yes Please

Reviewed by Abby @ Paddington

Amy Poehler is a force to be reckoned with. From SNL  and Parks and Recreation fame and movies such as Baby Mama, Amy has established herself as a frontrunner in comedy - as well as balancing her life as a mother and screenwriter. Yes Please is a raw account of her life from a struggling ... (continued)

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Reviewed by Karen, Berkelouw Books, Paddington

At its heart, this wonderful book is about finding your place in the world. Ifemelu and Obinze were young lovers who drifted apart when Ifemelu went to America to study. There she found herself having to think about race which was not something that needed consideration at home in Nigeria.... (continued)

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Reviewed by Berkelouw Paddington

  It comes weighted with a decade’s worth of anticipation. Yet Jeffrey Eugenides’ third novel comes as light relief, compared to his two earlier works of fiction, ‘Middlesex’ and the ‘Virgin Suicides’. It’s the early 1980’s, and Amer... (continued)

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Reviewed by George, Berkelouw Paddington

One of the better reviews I read about The Sisters Brothers (I think it was on the Guardian website) commented on the difficulty of making readers feel true empathy for the characters of a novel. And when your lead characters are two guns-for-hire - one a merciless psychopath, the other a temp... (continued)

How I Became a Famous Novelist

Reviewed by George, Berkelouw Paddington

"Rule 1: Abandon truth. Rule 2: Write a popular book. Do not waste energy making it a good book. ... Rule 6: Evoke confusing sadness at end. Rule 7: Prose should be 'lyrical'. ... Rule 15: Must have obscure exotic locations. Rule 16: Include plant names." Th... (continued)

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Reviewed by Berkelouw Paddington

Cormac McCarthy creates a startling vision of sombre clarity with his novel ‘The Road’. From the first chapter an almost tangible desperation emanates from the main characters and its contagiousness is unavoidable to the reader. A nameless horror has desecrated the Earth (undo... (continued)

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

Reviewed by Berkelouw Paddington

'Pale fire' is a 999 line poem presented in four cantos by American poet John Shade in which he reflects upon death, the afterlife and how the creative process can help us understand the universe... or is it? It could be about King Charles II, the deposed king of Zembla, and his d... (continued)

There but for the by Ali Smith

Reviewed by Berkelouw Paddington

It’s the story of a dinner guest who refuses to leave. In Ali Smith’s latest novel, this quirky premise develops into a satirical look on the way we live today. The story begins at a dinner party in Greenwich. Invited along by casual acquaintance Mark, Miles quietly slips upsta... (continued)

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Reviewed by George, Berkelouw Paddington

As someone who studies psychology, I approached The Psychopath Test with a little apprehension. Not having read any of Jon Ronson's works (including Them: Adventures With Extremists, or the film-adapted The Men Who Stare At Goats), I was not sure whether to treat this as a serious attempt ... (continued)

East of the West by Miroslav Penkov

Reviewed by George, Berkelouw Paddington

On the inside of the dust jacket of this book is a quote from Penkov's writing: "We'd lost the war, of course, like all other recent wars, which was regrettable, since we never really lost our battles; we just picked the wrong allies." This seems like a curious - and unflattering - way to in... (continued)

Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Reviewed by Berkelouw Paddington

If you haven't been able to tell from my previous reviews, I love novels that manipulate time, space, and history - Everything Is Illuminated is no exception to the rule. In the novel, Jonathan Safran Foer is an American vegetarian with Jewish heritage who seems to be having a crisis of fa... (continued)

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

Reviewed by George, Berkelouw Paddington

For Marina Lewycka's first effort, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian definitely hits the spot. Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction in 2005, and shortlisted for the Orange Prize in the same year (only to lose to Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin), ... (continued)

An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

Reviewed by George, Berkelouw Paddington

When I showed a customer this book after she asked me if I read anything good lately, let's just say she nearly called me a liar. "So it's written by Steve Martin?", she questioned. "Yep" was my reply. "As in, Steve Martin the actor.", she said. "Acto... (continued)

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Reviewed by George, Berkelouw Paddington

Winner of this years Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Jennifer Egan's fourth novel seems to be taking the literary world by storm - and for good reason. Egan magically and flawlessly jumps into the mind of every character in this novel, artisticall... (continued)

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Reviewed by George, Berkelouw Paddington

As my first foray into autobiographies, Bossypants was definitely a happy place for me to start. Depicting her remarkable rise to stardom from early stage acting and improv through to writing and acting in Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, Tina Fey is definitely selective in what she reveals. T... (continued)

Me Myself and Lord Byron Julietta Jameson

Reviewed by Karen, Berkelouw Paddington

In this very brave book, journalist Julietta Jameson uses the travels of Romantic poet Lord Byron through Italy and Greece as a framework for her journey to find herself. In short, this is the thinking woman’s Eat, Pray, Love. It made me want to go to Italy, but also made me wonder about... (continued)

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Reviewed by Karen, Berkelouw Paddington

After I read Lisa Genova’s first novel, Still Alice, I wished she’d write another one, only happier. I think I got my wish with Left Neglected. We meet Sarah, high achieving career woman, wife, mother of three, shortly before a car accident leaves her with brain damage and a rare c... (continued)

Glass Room Simon Mawer

Reviewed by Maxine, Berkelouw Paddington

This is the story of a house,a marriage and the turmoil of Central Europe in the years leading up to WW2. The Landauer House,is a modernist masterpiece set in a provincial Czech town,the family and house are feted by the establishment,but as the Nazi occupation looms the family mus... (continued)

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Reviewed by Cath Shaw, Berkelouw Paddington

I’ve been watching sales of Jasper Jones over the past two years with interest. Very late one night (we close at midnight on weekends) a breathless, long-haired, skateboarding teenager galloped into the shop and asked for a copy. He said, “I’ve already read it, and I don&rsqu... (continued)

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