Patti Smith: Year of the Monkey

In Year of the Monkey, poet, writer, rock singer and artist Patti Smith writes beautiful prose with a dream-like quality; inspired by a stay at the Dream Inn. Year of the Monkey The National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, Smith, approaching the age of seventy, assesses her life and the decline of some…
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The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte: Deliciously entertaining

Written as a tell-all diary of a woman framed for murder, The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte is a tale of injustice, strength, love, revenge, and patisserie-making. Setting the tale in bawdy nineteenth century Wolfftown, a fictional port town in Tasmania, Lesley Truffle (her real name!) brings to life a town of "unconventional morals" where men are men and Gentlemen have double standards…
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I left my heart in Idaho

Mountain bluebird, fly away Appaloosa, spotted gray Western white pine, clothed in snow The mock orange blossoms in I-da-ho Idaho Emily Ruskovich's first novel, Idaho, took out The International DUBLIN Literary Award for 2019. Impressive - she was up against Sally Rooney and Matthias Enard (among others). Ruskovich has created a powerfully moving novel which…
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Stephen King’s The Institute: Great events turn on small hinges…

The Master has done it again - Stephen King comes up with another winner with The Institute. The Institute The Institute takes me back. This book reminds me warmly of some of my favourite Stephen King stories, without repeating them. A remarkable achievement for someone who has been writing for a lifetime - my lifetime…
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