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The Rosie Project, a delightful read

After several recommendations to read ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion, I picked it up last week.  I loved it! It is a humorous romance novel, I believe there’s a movie in the pipeline which should prove to be romantic comedy at its best.   Although I found ‘The Rosie Project’ an absolutely delightful read my only criticism is that I ... Read More »

Books are the perfect place to hide from the world

Reading provides mental nourishment, it fuels imagination and introduces ideas.  Reading takes us back and forth in time and through the pages of books we discover places and people.   Now and then books are a refuge, a place to escape to.  2 Weeks ago, we discovered that my father has leukemia.   I don’t need to explain how distraught I felt ... Read More »

The water babies – charles kingsley

For a very long time I have known that I would enjoy re-reading The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley.  All that I remembered was Tom the chimney sweep and his transformation to a water baby.  I’m not even sure if as a child, I read the entire book.  My current copy is a little disappointing, as it lacks illustrations.  Like ... Read More »

It’s a strange, strange cyber world

Last night, reading the Guardian article by author Kathleen Hale I was upset by the content. In short the author was given a bad review by a book blogger who hid behind a false identity.  The blogger engaged with the author on twitter which led to a chain of events.  I can understand how Kathleen Hale got caught up in ... Read More »

Torn between the beauty of Africa and Ellis Island

The car winds through the lowveld.  South Africa revealing her humble soil and her majesty at every turn.  My eyes focus on a book set in Ireland and America.  Glancing up I am aware of my infidelity.  My unfaithfulness to the beauty around me, nature now pouring herself out, a waterfall cascading from rock.  Twinned with unfaithfulness to the work ... Read More »

Discovering Sherlock Holmes (and Benedict Cumberbatch)

Can you believe it?  Until this year I had never read a Sherlock Holmes book, absolute travesty!  My addiction started watching the BBC series Sherlock and I’m hooked.  I now want to get my hands on pretty much anything Sherlock Holmes related.  The only problem is that Season 4 will only air sometime in 2016.  Now I’ve started what I ... Read More »

Emma by Jane Austen should have been written as a play

Until 3/4 way through Emma I was annoyed to be donating precious reading time to Jane Austen this time. Emma irritated me and I cared little for the other characters. I appreciated the humour and irony. Lines such as “Mr Knightley seemed to be trying not to smile; and succeeded without difficulty, upon Mrs Elton’s beginning to talk to him.” ... Read More »

LAUNCHING A NOVEL IDEA – SOMETHING OLD AND ABUNDANTLY NEW

UPDATE – A Novel Idea is no longer at this address and may be re-opened in the future at a different place The grand opening of a new gem in Durban’s crown will be held on Saturday 26th April from 10am – 2pm. The store is situated at Shop 5 Westville North Centre, 157 Blair Atholl Rd. A Novel Idea ... Read More »

Phil Rickman introduces me to magical music

This is another post for the WordPress Weekly challenge “Moved by Music” I read for infinite reasons, among them is the desire to be entertained and to expand my personal parameters. This week after a long break from Merrily Watkins, I read ‘The Smile of a Ghost’ by Phil Rickman. Whilst providing a good plot and characters Phil Rickman has ... Read More »