Book Review: One Day by David Nicholls

One Day by David NichollsI have resisted reading this book for a long time.  Published in 2009, it has been surrounded by hype and gushing reviews since it came out, and when the film of the same name was released in 2011 it only served to strengthen its place as a “Modern Classic”.  I’d see the eye-catching orange cover everywhere: it seemed that everyone loved it.

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Book Review: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald DurrellMy Family & Other Animals is, as hinted at by the title, a humorous, mostly autobiographical account of the author’s early years, which were spent in Corfu in the 1930s with his mother and three older siblings.  Not only do we become acquainted with his eccentric, very English family, we are also introduced to plenty of the locals: a mix of humans, animals, birds, insects and plant life.

Durrell’s family moved to Corfu when he was 8 years old.  Before this they had lived in India and England, so his was not exactly your average upbringing.  More

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

Room by Emma DonoghueRoom is inspired by the shocking true-life story of Elizabeth Fritzl, imprisoned by her father Josef in the basement of her family home in Austria for 24 years.  Her escape in 2008 made worldwide headlines and much attention was given to the disturbing facts of the case.

Now, this short introduction may have already convinced you to buy a copy of this novel, or it may have put you off reading the book entirely.  The “misery memoir” often divides readers into two distinct camps.

However, this is not a misery memoir.  It is not Elizabeth Fritzl’s story and is not intended to be.  Emma Donoghue, the author, wanted to write a fictional story from the point of view of a child who has known no life outside of the place in which he was born.  More