Book reviews, Comedy, Literary fiction

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

The Beautiful Bureaucrat has been described as funny, sad and scary. Book and Brew reviewer Marilyn Audsley got the task of checking out this intriguing text. Let’s see what she thought. What’s it all about? Here’s the blurb from the publisher: If the job market hadn’t been so bleak during that long, humid summer, Josephine might… Read More The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

Book reviews, Comedy, Literary fiction

The Beast by Alexander Starritt

The Beast is a satirical dissection of Britain’s tabloid newspaper trade – and it’s not for the faint hearted. What’s it all about? Here’s the blurb from the publisher: Jeremy Underwood is a long-suffering subeditor on The Daily Beast, Britain’s mightiest tabloid. Returning from holiday, he notices two burqa-clad figures lurking outside the paper’s Kensington offices.… Read More The Beast by Alexander Starritt

Book reviews, Comedy, Literary fiction

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Young Jane Young is a book about youth, reinvention and reputation in the digital age. I loved it so prepare for a gushing review! What’s it all about? Here’s the blurb from the publisher: Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida, makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss – who is beloved, admired,… Read More Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Book reviews, Comedy, Costa Book Awards, Drama, General book stuff, Literary fiction

Review: This Must be the Place

Maggie O’Farrell’s latest book, This Must be the Place, explores family relationships and an imploding marriage over decades and oceans, and was the first title on my Costa Book Awards shortlist. My relationship with this book goes back a few months. When it came out in May, I really wanted to buy it but was having a… Read More Review: This Must be the Place

Book reviews, Comedy, Drama

Review: French Rhapsody

French Rhapsody is the third novel by French author Antoine Laurain. It’s funny, heartwarming, unique and so contemporary it could have been written this morning. I loved it. What’s it about?  Here’s the blurb from the publisher, Belgravia Books: Middle-aged doctor Alain Massoulier has received a life-changing letter – thirty-three years too late. Lost in the… Read More Review: French Rhapsody

Book reviews, Comedy, Drama

Review: Nicotine

Nicotine, the third novel by Nell Zink, is sharp, witty and contemporary but too crowded to be a compelling read. What’s it all about?  The plot of this novel focuses on Penny and the aftermath of her father’s death. Raised in a very unconventional family, featuring a Jewish Shaman father, mother who was brought up… Read More Review: Nicotine