REVIEW: The Operator by Gretchen Berg

In brief: Vivian is a switchboard operator in Wooster, Ohio in the 50s. She enjoys listening in on conversations until she hears something incredibly shocking about herself. How can she fix this and hold her head up high? The good: The 1950s are brilliantly portrayed. The not-so-good: Bit uneven and I had to concentrate to... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The 32 Stops by Danny Dorling

In brief: The Central Line, told through statistics about the people who live there. The good: This is a great way to talk statistics. The not-so-good: It's a one sitting book. Why I chose it: Working my way through the Penguin Lines series celebrating 150 years of the Underground. Year: 2013 Pages: 164 Publisher: Penguin... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

In brief: A story in three parts about a group of teenagers at a high school focusing on theatre. What is true? What has been omitted? And what are straight out lies? The good: Brilliant writing evokes great images. The not-so-good: The second part had me confused in places. Why I chose it: It won... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Influenza by Jeremy Brown

In brief: The flu. Past, pandemic, present and future ideas for tracking and research. The good: Excellent points about the developments in medicine since the 1918 pandemic. The not-so-good: Bit scary reading this at the moment given what is going on. Why I chose it: I wanted information, not speculation from a credible source on... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

In brief: Dannie has it all sorted for the perfect life plan. But a weird dream five years into the future has her questioning why it seems to have fallen apart… The good: Not the story you were expecting. The not-so-good: Initially I thought Dannie was going to be the most annoyingly perfect character in... Continue Reading →

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