Life & Times of Michael K by JM Coetzee

This book was the choice of our book club friend (Grim Tim). Through him I have been introduced to The Road, Blood Meridian, Wool. You get the picture – dystopian or depressing. Coetzee’s story of Michael K set in South Africa during a civil war reminded me of McCarthy’s work – beautifully written and disturbingly ...

The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

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The quirky title of this book piques your curiosity and makes you want to know what will happen next. Unassuming Swede Allan Karlsson may be 100 years old but he is spirited, clever, funny, a tad tired and in need of a good stiff swig of vodka. Allan has had an extaordinary life and doesn’t ...

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore

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Courtesy Harper Loneliness, loss of faith and alcoholism in 1950s Ireland are just some of the “cheerful” themes Brian Moore tackles in his portrayal of Judith Hearne. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne was first published in 1955 under the simple title of Judith Hearne and was Moore’s first book penned under his own name. It is still regarded today as ...

Sustenance by Simone Lazaroo

Courtesy UWAP Set at a quiet resort in Bali, Sustenance looks at the use of food as a means of both spiritual and physical comfort when all hope is gone. A warning; hotel chef Perpetua de Mello will have you drooling over the pages so try not to ruin your book, especially if it’s from the library! On a different level, Sustenance tackles ...