Book review: The Doll’s House by M.J. Arlidge

The Doll’s House by M.J. Arlidge, Penguin, ISBN9781405919197, RRP $30 I reviewed the first two books in M.J. Arlidge’s DI Helen Grace thriller series so I was keen to get my hands on this, the third. And I’m glad I did because it’s definitely a step up from the previous title Pop Goes the Weasel […]

Continue reading →

Book review: Credit in the Straight World by Brannavan Gnanalingam

Credit in the Straight World by Brannavan Gnanalingam, Lawrence & Gibson, ISBN9780473319106, RRP $23 I find it quote odd that the global financial crisis of 2008 has its own acronym – the GFC. In my mind acronyms are an old-world corporate driven blight that hold the rest of the world to ransom. I imagine in […]

Continue reading →

Book review: One Summer in Venice by Nicky Pellegrino

One Summer in Venice by Nicky Pellegrino, Orion Books, ISBN9781409159452, RRP $34.99 Leaving one’s life behind to take time out in another country has to be one of the most enjoyable and popular fantasies for our modern day, so it’s definitely a credit to author Nicky Pellegrino that her latest novel feels fresh and fun […]

Continue reading →

Picture book roundup for April 2015

Yes, it’s already May but these all published in April or earlier so I forgive me. The Princess and the Giant by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton, Nosy Crow, ISBN9780857633873, RRP $24.99 In the backyard of Princess Sophie’s house is a beanstalk and up that beanstalk lives a giant. The giant stomps and storms and […]

Continue reading →

Radio book review no. 14 – The Caretaker of Imagination

Yes, last week was time for me to talk on the radio again about another fantastic book – this time around I chose The Caretaker of Imagination by ZR Southcombe. The Caretaker of Imagination is a kids chapter book from a wonderfully talented New Zealand author. Have a listen and then go buy the book […]

Continue reading →