Buried Under Books

Category: Book Reviews


Incoming Books: January

Incoming books: an inventory As always, I can’t walk past a bookshop without going in to browse, and I can’t browse without buying a book, so I have recently added the following to my collection…     1. ‘The Body: a Guide for Occupants’ by Bill Bryson Purchased from a really lovely independent bookshop we […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read’ by Philippa Perry

Parenting. It’s a daily battle – but does it have to be? In ‘The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will be Glad That You Did)’, psychotherapist Phillipa Perry explores parent-child relationships with a view to encouraging parents to relate more effectively to their children. What’s it about? I’m going to […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Reason I Jump’ by Naoki Higashida

There are many times when I’d love to know what my son is thinking. What is he thinking when he completely ignores me repeatedly calling his name? (Has he heard me or is he too absorbed in his play?) What about when he says, “Mummy…” then falls silent for a full minute, before repeating the […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ by Agatha Christie

‘Like a good detective story myself,’ remarked Miss Howard. ‘Lots of nonsense written, though. Criminal discovered in last chapter. Every one dumfounded. Real crime – you’d know at once.’ In renowned Belgian detective Hercule Poirot’s debut outing (in novel form, at least), everyone involved thinks they know at once who the killer is, but do […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Turn of the Screw’ by Henry James

What’s more entertaining than a ghost story in which a child sees a ghost? A ghost story in which two children see two ghosts. Obviously. Such is the conclusion reached by the eager aristocratic circle of guests who sit sharing ghost stories at the opening of Henry James’ gothic novella, who are desperate to hear […]

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REVIEW: ‘Between You and Me’ by Lisa Hall

I’m going to start with an unusual disclaimer here… If you already know you want to read this book, don’t read my review – don’t read any reviews – and definitely don’t read the praise inside the front cover! What’s it about? Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other – supposedly – but […]

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REVIEW: ‘Dangerous Crossing’ by Rachel Rhys

When a debut novel isn’t: introducing Rachel Rhys Rachel Rhys is a pen name for a well known (and totally amazing) writer of psychological suspense novels. Having gone to all the effort of creating a different persona to publish this book, (and two subsequent historical fiction titles so far,) it seems odd that the blurb […]

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Children’s Corner: ‘What Noise Does a Rabbit Make?’

It’s been a very long time since my last children’s book review, but all three children are still avid readers and huge fans of our local library. A firm library favourite at the moment is the delightful picture book, ‘What Noise Does a Rabbit Make? The Book: ‘What Noise Does a Rabbit Make?’ The author: […]

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REVIEW: ‘Missing, Presumed’ by Susie Steiner

‘Two years of internet dating. It’s fair to say they haven’t flown by.’ Meet DS Manon Bradshaw: single, lonely, funny and clever. Steiner introduces us to Manon while she’s on her first, and last, date with Brian – or was it Keith? Either way, the sex was as dull as the conversation, leaving our lonely […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Sea Sisters’ by Lucy Clarke

Sisters. Love them or hate them, it’s awful to lose them. Lucy Clarke’s debut novel explores the tensions between one set of sisters in a dramatic novel that roams from Cornwall to California, to Maui and Australia, then finally to Bali. Can following Mia’s footsteps help Katie understand what happened to her sister? What’s it […]

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