Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski

Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries…

Q & A with Claire Corbett, Author of Watch Over Me

The pressure of my blood, the beat of my heart, is a message to you. You read each second of my body’s life. It is the present day. The foggy northern city of Port Angelsund is under occupation by the soldiers of Garrison. Sylvie is a young woman just trying to survive. When she is…

Frankie by Shivaun Plozza

Frankie by Shivaun Plozza Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who’s tired of giving second chances…When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie’s half brother, it opens the door to a past she…

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping…

Facial Cleansing for Dummies

A Cosmetic Simpleton’s Review of Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash by Origins Let me preface this by saying that I am probably the last person on Earth who should be writing about anything even remotely related to cosmetics; I mean I’ve literally only learned the difference between velvet and matte lipsticks in the last…

Country Roads by Nicole Hurley-Moore

The compelling story of a grief-stricken man reeling from tragedy and a hard-working female farmer dealing with betrayal who may just find love and healing with each other. Rebecca Duprey is working day and night to keep the family sheep station, Bluestone Ridge, afloat. But Bec’s father, who’s been in a wheelchair since a farming…

I am the Architect of my own Destruction by Rick Williams

Depression. It’s a battle. One that too many people sadly cannot conquer, or even know how to begin to tackle.  Recent studies in Australia show that a person takes their own life every three hours. Men in particular are still stigmatised when it comes to looking after their mental and emotional well being, and this…

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon

Recently widowed,Claire Randall,a successful physician,returns to the Scottish Highlands to look up a Scottish historian she met twenty years earlier. But why has she really come back? And who is the father of her beautiful copper-haired daughter? The questions asked by Claire lead her back towards a far,far distant past- back to the dangers and…

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes…

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces…

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

  ‘All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ Anna Karenina is a novel of unparalleled richness and complexity, set against the backdrop of Russian high society. Tolstoy charts the course of the doomed love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer…