October 10, 2019

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: The Bright Edge Of The World by Eowyn Ivey

The Blurb (from Goodreads): Set again in the Alaskan landscape that she brought to stunningly vivid life in The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey’s second novel is a […]
October 8, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Songwoman by Ilka Tampke

Haunted by the Roman attack that destroyed her home, Ailia flees to the remote Welsh mountains in search of the charismatic war king, Caradog, who is leading a guerrilla campaign against the encroaching army. Ailia proves herself an indispensable advisor to the war king, but as the bond between them deepens [...]
September 30, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child [...]
September 27, 2019

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane

Are there any genuinely wild places left in Britain and Ireland? That is the question that Robert Macfarlane poses to himself as he embarks on a series of breathtaking journeys through some of the archipelago's most remarkable landscapes. He climbs, walks, and swims by day and spends [...]
September 25, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold by Stephen Fry

The Greek myths are the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. In Stephen Fry's hands the stories [...]
September 23, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Searching For Sappho: The Lost Songs & World Of The First Woman Poet by Philip Freeman

For more than twenty-five centuries, all that the world knew of the poems of Sappho—the first woman writer in literary history—were a few brief quotations preserved by ancient male authors. Yet those meager remains showed such power and genius that they captured the imagination of readers through the ages. [...]
September 20, 2019

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire

When 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a media storm descends. Unwillingly thrust into the eye of that storm is Bella's beloved older sister, Chris, a barmaid at the local pub, whose apparent easygoing nature conceals hard-won [...]
September 18, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

In Homer’s account in The Odyssey, Penelope—wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy—is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for twenty years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan War after the abduction of Helen [...]
September 16, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Take Courage: Anne Bronte And The Art Of Life by Samantha Ellis

  You may also like to read my vintage review of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte: https://kateforsyth.com.au/what-katie-read/book-reviewthe-tenant-of-wildfell-hall-by-anne-bronte