British writers

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Pao by Kerry Young

This book Pao was left in my shelf for a long time. I vacillate between returning without reading or keeping it. The only reason I read it was because I haven’t read a book set in Jamaica before, moreover about a Chinese man in Jamaica, how unique is that? Kingston, 1938. Fourteen-year-old Yang Pao steps … Continue reading


NW by Zadie Smith

It was in the summer of 2010 that I first took the journey from Reading to North West London. Destination: Willesden Green, for a preliminary discussion of a job interview. I got off at Dollis Hill station walked towards graffiti-laden walls next to a basketball court. Group of youth loitering outside the tube station. I … Continue reading

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Harold Fry was a tall man who moved through life with a stoop, as if expecting a low beam, or a screwed-up paper missile, to appear out of nowhere. This is the story of recently-retired Harold Fry, who sets out one morning to post a letter to a dying friend called Queenie. Quite unexpectedly, in … Continue reading

Toby’s Room by Pat Barker

What it is: Toby and Elinor, brother and sister, friends and confidants, are sharers of a dark secret, carried from the summer of 1912 into the battlefields of France and wartime London in 1917. When Toby is reported ‘Missing, Believed Killed’, another secret casts a lengthening shadow over Elinor’s world: how exactly did Toby die – … Continue reading

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe

Maxwell Sim is the kind of person who, in our darkest nights of the soul, we all dread becoming: unloved, unsuccessful, doesn’t like himself very much. He is an after-sales customer liaison officer in a London department store, he has been taking leave off work because of depression for six months; his wife, Caroline, and … Continue reading

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier

When I say this book contains pirates, what would you expect from it? Something similar to the movie Pirates of the Caribbean? Swashbuckling adventure? Romance? Deception? This book has it all! 29- year-old Lady Dona St. Columb is beautiful, headstrong – and bored. Desperate to escape the pomp and ritual of the Restoration Court, she … Continue reading

The Clothes On Their Backs by Linda Grant

The year was 1977, Vivien spends a quiet childhood encapsulated in the present, sealed off from the past by her timid refugee parents by self immolation, so Vivien quipped. She’s ten when she finds out that she has a relative that her parents tried to shield her from. To the horror of Vivien’s father, her … Continue reading

Sister by Rosamund Lupton

I wasn’t going to take any more books out from the library last Friday. Not for the short loan book that require reader to finish them within a week or bring it back for re-stamp. By strange reason, this book drawn me to it. I read the first page, then second and I knew I … Continue reading

3 cosy mysteries reviews series (2): The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquinn Hall

Meet Vish Puri, India’s Most private investigator. Portly, persistent and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swathe through modern India’s criminal cases. Aided by nick-named employees in his work – there’s FaceCream, Flush, TubeLight, DoorStop and HandBrake all named for a reason. Then there’s Puri’s wife Rumpi, his mother “Mummyji”, his secretary Elizabeth Rani, the … Continue reading

When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant

I first came across this book at Vishy’s Blog and when I saw Granta 2011 edition of the book sitting on the featured library shelf, I borrowed it without second thought. Set in Israel April 1946 – then British-controlled Palestine – just after the Second World War, the novel follows a young Englishwoman Evelyn Sert, … Continue reading


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)