REVIEW - Most enjoyed the book and felt it really brought London in the sixteenth century to life, although some felt that the book was a bit of a slow burner at the beginning. We enjoyed the way Shakespeare's ' A Midsummer Night's Dream' threaded through the whole story. We gave the book 8 out of 10.
The Librarian by Salley Vickers
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Perspectives by Anthony Pearce
Review ‘Perspectives’ by Antony Pearce. A self published first novel, well written with much detail in plot but the characters are two dimensional. It is a spy thriller set against the Cold War between USSR and the west. It involves a high powered electronics company and it’s role in helping defectors from Moldavia get to Britain. The story travels between Britain,Italy and USSR. Some of the details was confusing and we never got to know why some characters did what they did. The end was dramatic and abrupt leading you to want/need a sequel or did Tony just run out of plot? We gave it average of 5/10
On the Front Line with women who fight back by Stacey Dooley
We all found the content of Women Fighting Back on the Front Line by Stacey Dooley quite harrowing and upsetting. We were particularly affected by the first world countries such as Canada and Japan where women can still find themselves drawn into prostitution through poverty or their ethnic background. Most of the women that Stacey spoke to seemed to be resigned to their sad futures and we found it frustrating that there seems to be so little that can be done to improve their outlook. We gave the book 8/10.