Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence begins with Catherine, a middle-aged widower, who can't seem to move on from her husband's death or the man she believes to have been the main cause of it. Henry is that man – Catherine's former mentor and lover and also a literary critic. Catherine can't forgive him for the way he tore apart her dead husband's novel but Henry somehow finds his way back into Catherine's life via his latest muse - Ms Antonia Lively.
What follows is a fight for the truth with a complex plot that interweaves these characters and their stories. Questions such as ‘where does reality end & fiction begin?’ and ‘who do stories belong to?’ cause friction between our characters and something to think about once we've put the book down.
The story is told from multiple perspectives, therefore appealing to readers who enjoy insight into the psychology of their characters. Levinson has a beautiful descriptive writing style and I think readers would enjoy this if they like character-driven books with intricately plotted storylines.
This is the latest instalment in The Little Old Lady series as we follow the fascinatingly wily lives of The League of Pensioners.
Still based in Sweden, this time they’re up to their old tricks of robberies and trickery – but they’ve upped their game, going now for the big money as they set their sights on billionaires in St Tropez.
As they wield their brand of Robin Hood-edness, this funny and light-hearted tale will have you laughing out loud and shaking your head at their antics.
You don’t need to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy this tale, which reminds us that life shouldn’t stop just because you get older.
Dave pigeon is a book about Dave and his close friend Skipper and the adventures of these very funny pigeons. It starts with how they meet over a croissant and their determination to eat well and be comfortable. When they meet Human Lady they think all their dreams have come true but there is something standing in their way – mean cat. When Human Lady takes them to her home Dave comes up with various plans to get rid of mean cat – including my favourite “the flying cat plan”. For poor Skipper, Dave’s never-ending plans test their friendship or end in disaster until finally Dave’s perseverance pays off.
The great illustrations add to the humour of the story and leave you smiling with every turn of the page. A clever, quirky read for children and adults to enjoy and it might be, in the words of our hero Dave “The best book you’ll ever read”.
Margot & Me tells the story of Fliss, a teenage girl who is relocating to a farm in Wales with her sick mother to live with her grandmother, Margot. Margot is a cold unrelenting women and Fliss and Margot struggle to find common ground. Fliss is also struggling to adapt to a very different lifestyle in Wales than she is used to.
Set in the 90’s, I initially found this book very difficult to get into. I found the main characters hard to warm to, and at times I was sceptical that either Fliss or her grandmother would act the way they do but this all changed the more I read. Although finding and reading a diary is a common theme for many books, how the author brings the diary back to the present day is very well done. The author skilfully weaves some very challenging topics into the book and it is a real heart-wrencher. I certainly did not expect to enjoy the book as much as I did, and will find it difficult to forget these characters. This book would appeal to people of all ages who enjoy an engrossing read from a teen’s perspective across different time periods.