I would like this page to be like an online book club. Something that could be built up over time resulting in a rich anthology of book reviews. They can be any type of books eg children’s, adult’s, non-fiction. If you think a book you have read is amazing or different and would like to share it with everyone, then please upload a short review with an image (at bottom of page) and I will put it onto the site.
To start us off, I have decided to begin with 2 books that are linked to my Word of the Blog ‘BEGINNING’.
- “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” Lewis Carrol – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by very odd creatures. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre.
“I read this a long time ago and must admit I found it odd even then. The modern day films have, I think, brought this story to life and made it more understandable whilst still maintaining the nonsense and humour that brings. I would recommend this story as I still think Carroll was a genius in the way he took the english language and played with it to create effect. A strategy that all us writers should adopt.” A.Miles 13/10/16
- “The beginning is the word and the end is silence. And in between are all the stories.” Kate Atkinson – Human Croquet
Part fairy tale, part mystery, part coming-of-age novel, this novel tells the story of Isobel Fairfax, a girl growing up in Lythe, a typical 1960s British suburb. But Lythe was once the heart of an Elizabethan feudal estate and home to a young English tutor named William Shakespeare, and as Isobel investigates the strange history of her family, her neighbors, and her village, she occasionally gets caught in Shakespearean time warps. Meanwhile, she gets closer to the shocking truths about her missing mother, her war-hero father, and the hidden lives of her close friends and classmates.
“This book I read recently as part of a book club. It created a lot of debate as everyone was really torn whether this was an amazing book or not. Atkinson’s prose is beautiful, witty, a real joy and she takes you on an amazing journey but for some it was too confusing with movements between different times (similar to ‘Life after Life’) taking all the joy away and leaving an unrewarding taste in the mouth on completion of the book. As a writer I loved it, as a reader I didn’t.” A.Miles 13/10/16