Check out the reviews in our new Stamp of Approval series.

Stamp of Approval is a series of reviews from the Dunedin Public Libraries. It covers books, eBooks, and eAudiobooks in the library collection, as well as movies from the Beamafilm online library.

Shirley reviews Dear Edward, written by Ann Napolitano and published by Dial Press.

A plane crashes en route from New York to Los Angeles, 191 people die, and there is one survivor - 12 year old Edward Adler.

This is the story of Edward as he comes to terms with this awful event where he loses his parents and his older brother Jordan. The chapters alternate between the people and events on the flight, and the post-crash life of Edward living with his aunt and uncle.

The writing is superb. Edward is absolutely real and he is surrounded by many well-drawn characters. I loved Shay, the girl next door to his new home. Her good sense and insightfulness are a welcome antidote to the physical and mental suffering of Edward. As a reader, we are drawn into Edward’s life and care deeply for him.

This is a page-turner and I read it in 2 sittings! Highly recommended.

Dear Edward 

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Autumn reviews Woman in Gold

A movie directed by Simon Curtis and starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, and Katie Holmes.

Woman In Gold’ (2015) is based on the true story of Maria Altmaan (Helen Mirren) and her epic legal battle against the Austrian Government to reclaim Gustav Klimt’s iconic painting of her Aunt, ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch- Baurer 1’. It was stolen from Maria’s family when the Nazis invaded Vienna in 1941.

Now living in Los Angeles, an elderly Maria enlists the help of struggling young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds). The film is richly cultured and follows their 7-year legal battle, beginning in Austria and ending in the US Supreme Court.

The cinematography in Maria’s flashback scenes breathes life into the narrative. Transporting the viewer into 1930s Vienna, Maria’s memories of her Aristocratic family and the vibrant Viennese streets are brought to life on screen.

The film’s greatest triumph, however, is Helen Mirren filling Maria’s shoes. Even in aging make up, she is luminous on screen. She truly embodies Maria, adopting a clipped Old World accent and exuding an air of cultural refinement. Her steely determination for justice is the driving force that propels the narrative forward. Her quips of wit and humour will draw up the corners of your lips and bring moments of lightness to an otherwise serious film. Despite the obstacles put in her path, Maria is fierce in her resolve. She invites you to stand alongside her as she fights for the last remaining piece of the identity that was taken from her. 

Woman in Gold

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Shirley reviews The Durrells

A TV series starring Keeley Hawes, Milo Parker, Josh O'Connor, Daisy Waterstone, Callum Woodhouse, Alexis Georgoulis, Anna Sawa, and Yorgos Karamihos.

Set in the 1930s, this family comedy-drama centres on Louisa Durrell, played by a brilliant Keeley Hawes, and her four children Laurence (Larry), Leslie, Margo, and Gerald (Gerry). The family had spent some time in India under the British Raj and when her husband dies, Louisa Durrell moves back to England to try to survive on a widow’s pension. To live more cheaply, she moves her family to the gorgeous Greek Island of Corfu where they live in a large crumbling house by the sea. Here they try to get by in a foreign land with the help of local man Spiro and Greek doctor, scientist, poet, and philosopher Theodore Stephanides.

You will be transported to a magical, heartwarming, and sometimes amusing world with a backdrop of fantastic scenery. The acting is very good, and the range of exotic animals studied by Gerry gives a quirky flavour to the story.

The series is based on naturalist Gerald Durrell’s books about his experiences of life on Corfu as a boy. Series 4 will be the last to be filmed, and I’m already waiting with excitement to join the family again.

The Durrells 

Series 1, 2, and 3 available in DVD format. Other titles by Gerald Durrell are available in book and electronic formats, including My Family and Other Animals; Birds, Beasts and Relatives; and Garden of the Gods, which make up the Corfu Trilogy.

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Emma reviews Gideon the Ninth, written by NZ author Tamsyn Muir

Gideon the Ninth is a truly unique fantasy novel which manages to successfully blend contemporary and Lovecraftian style language, aesthetic, and horror. With the tagline on the cover "lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space", you don't quite know what you're getting yourself in to when you begin this niche sounding adventure.

The main story is that of Harrowhark Nonagesimus, heir of the Ninth House, who receives an invitation from the Emperor Undying to journey to his palace in order to train to achieve immortality. She must bring her Cavalier Prime to assist with the challenges in store. When this post becomes suddenly vacant, Harrow forcibly enlists the help of her childhood play thing and nemesis, Gideon.

If you enjoy intelligent plots, strong characters, witty dialogue, sword play, and a general air of creepy, this is the book for you. Tamsyn Muir is a masterful story teller who manages to convey emotional depth in her characters and relationships, while creating a vast universe that you can't help but need to explore further, despite the main story arc being set on one humble decrepit planet.

Thankfully the second instalment of the trilogy is slated for later this year. Watch this space!

Gideon the Ninth - Tamsyn Muir

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Lynn reviews Seeing Gender: an Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression, written by Iris Gottlieb.

It is so satisfying when a book not only looks fantastic on the outside, but it's as good on the inside! The cover caught my eye on display, and as a wahine (pronoun she, her, ia, whaea), I was really keen to learn more about this wonderful facet of humanity. Published in 2019, this is author and illustrator Iris Gottlieb’s third book, and it is a fascinating read about gender identity. Well-researched and presented with Iris’s striking illustrations, it answered many questions I had and made me think a lot about how people are categorized and the impact this has.

Clearly written, and not too heavy or academic, it covers terminology, gender theories, scientific information, key events and figures in history, along with explanations of many 21st century cultural phenomenon, albeit mostly North American. So, you won’t find anything about takatāpui or fa’afafine or read about any of our gender heroes like Georgina Beyer here, but there is some discussion on gender variance in other societies and cultures around the world.

As a Cisgender woman (I know what that is now!), I found the book really interesting. I think it is a really good overview or primer for someone wanting to know more about this topic, and Gottlieb’s very personal experience at the end of the book was enlightening. It should be compulsory reading for everyone, especially those who only see black and white and grey rather than the whole rainbow. Highly recommended. 

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Emma reviews Before the Coffee Gets Cold, written by Toshikazu Kawaguchi.

A book about loss, connections, and deeply inconvenient time travel. Set in a small café in Tokyo, this novel is made up of four interconnected stories about people who wish to travel through time to see a loved one, but the conditions to do so seem so arbitrary you have to question why anyone would bother:

- You can only see someone who has been to the café before.
- You can only travel back in one particular seat and may not move from it for the duration of travel.
- Nothing you do during travel will affect the present.
- You must return before the coffee gets cold.

This set of stories provides an interesting perspective into the lengths people could theoretically go to in order to remedy the regret of words left unsaid. With themes including degenerative disease, death, and lost love, this read creates a satisfying emotional roller coaster that left me with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. It should also be noted that this short novel does in fact go excellently with coffee.

Before the Coffee gets Cold

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Rebecca reviews There There, the debut novel from Tommy Orange.

Beautifully written and hard hitting, it follows the lives and relationships of urban indigenous people in Oakland, California, as they build up to the staging of a big powwow.

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Shirley reviews The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

The recent death of this very talented author from Barcelona has prompted me to write a review of his amazing novel The Shadow of the Wind, the first of four books in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. It was published in Spanish in 2001 and translated into English by Lucia Graves in 2004.

The book is set in moody 1940s Barcelona and we are introduced to a very sad, motherless 10-year-old boy called Daniel. His father, who is a bookseller, takes him to the gothic quarter of Barcelona to an obscure bookshop called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, where he chooses a dusty old book called The Shadow of the Wind. Or maybe the book chooses him. From there the novel takes us on Daniel’s journey in search of other books by the mysterious author Julian Carax, uncovering some shocking secrets along the way.

The novel is filled with suspense, mystery, tragedy and romance. All the elements of a great story! Gothic Barcelona is a real part of the book, and I especially loved the dark and intense imagery the author uses to evoke this time and place. I highly recommend this book.

The Shadow of the Wind

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Rebecca reviews The Diary of a Bookseller and Confessions of a Bookseller, both written by Shaun Bythell and published by Profile books.

Both share hilarious and relatable anecdotes from Shaun's life as owner and operator of beloved second-hand book emporium The Bookshop, located in Wigtown, Scotland.

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Shirley reviews The Other Bennet Sister, written by Janice Hadlow and published by Mantle

This is a first novel for the author who is obviously a lover of Jane Austen and her use of language. Mary Bennet, the middle daughter, the outsider who sits between the strong friendships of Jane and Lizzie, and Kitty and Lydia, is the subject of this transformative story.

The character of Mary is really fleshed out in this novel. We discover that she is not so boring and plain, but has a mind of her own, loves to read widely and feels deeply. Readers familiar with Pride and Prejudice will find out more about minor characters from the book (such as Mr Collins, Charlotte Lucas and Mr and Mrs Gardiner from Cheapside) and this is one of the real strengths of the book.

The language the author uses is mostly beautifully realised and the reader is gradually drawn into an Austen-like world. The book was a slow start for me, but once immersed, I relished the storyline and would recommend it as a very good read. 

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Rachel reviews Three Summers

A movie directed by Ben Elton, starring Rebecca Breeds and Robert Sheehan, and available to watch on Beamafilm.

This film follows the developing relationship of two very different musicians as they meet at the annual Westival, a music festival set in Western Australia.

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Shirley reviews Saving Missy, written by Beth Morrey and published by Harper Collins.

Missy Carmichael is a 79-year-old woman with a prickly exterior that hides lots of secrets. She lives alone in a house full of memories in present day London. Through chance encounters with neighbours and dogs, her life changes and evolves, although Missy resists all the way.

To be honest, I did get a tiny bit irritated with Missy, but overall the book shines. I loved her neighbour Angela and her son Otis (they deserve their own book) and, of course, Bobby the dog.

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey

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Amanda reviews The Earth is Singing
A hard-hitting young adult novel written by Vanessa Curtis. It follows the story of Hanna, a Jewish girl living in Latvia with her mother and grandmother during World War II.

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Philip reviews Do I Sound Gay?
A documentary directed by David Thorpe, featuring Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, David Sedaris, George Takei, and more.

Do I sound gay? Or, for David Thorpe, the question is ‘Can i not sound gay?’ – the point of this documentary journey.

With the influx of positive LGBTQI+ characters on TV and film – including Tales of the City, Hollywood, Sex Education, Schitt$ Creek, Call Me by Your Name, and Visible: Out on Television – this 2014 documentary could feel a little bit dated. But some people have those demons inside and that cloud of anxiety following them around, so Do I Sound Gay? still resonates.

I have been aware of being self-conscious about my voice ever since a high school French lesson, with a tape recording of us practicing our French. When the class erupted into absolute hysteria at one particular voice – that sounded a cross between Donald Duck and ‘The Year My Voice Broke’ – I slowly sank into my chair wishing the ground would swallow me up, as I realised the voice was mine.

Yes, one can be very self-conscious of one’s voice.

In this documentary, David Thorpe goes on a personal journey to investigate why he sounds gay, considers whether he wants to sound gay, and confronts ideas of stereotypes. The complexity of identity is unravelled through a speech therapy couch and interviews with family, friends, writers, and celebrities.

In the end, Thorpe decides that he likes standing out, because what is the point of being you without being proud.

Do I Sound Gay?

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Shirley reviews Catherine the Great, starring Helen Mirren, directed by Philip Martin, and available to view on Beamafilm.

This is a British-American miniseries in 4 parts. Acclaimed British actor Helen Mirren stars as Catherine. Incidentally Helen Mirren was born Helen Mironoff, daughter of Vasily Petrovich and granddaughter of Pyotr Vasilievich Mironov, a colonel in the Imperial Russian army. The superb filming uses interiors from real palaces in St Petersburgh and the Catherine Palace in Pushkin, Russia, and the baroque Rundale Palace in Latvia. Much of the filming took place in Lithuania.

Helen Mirren shines in this lavish production of the later life of Catherine the Great, set immediately after she has seized power from her husband Emperor Peter 111, with the help of the army. He dies mysteriously soon after and, although abhorred by Catherine, he is adored by the couple's foppish son Paul.

Of course Catherine's reign will never be secure, especially as many despise her for merely being female. What follows is a visually impressive look at her turbulent life as the Empress of Russia. She rejects her current lover in favour of General Grigory Potemkin, a virile, larger-than-life man who swears eternal allegiance to her.

I adored the attention to detail in the clothing of the time, the gorgeous interiors, and the superb acting of Mirren, but I must admit the script let the viewer down sometimes.

Catherine the Great

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Michelle reviews Life Undercover, the autobiography of former CIA agent Amaryllis Fox.

It follows Fox from her high school days, to working at a refugee camp in Myanmar (formerly Burma), to using Starbucks to contact other agents. A thrilling book, it also offers interesting insight into our world, conflict, and peace.

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Philip reviews Jeremy Scott – The People’s Designer

A fashion documentary about iconic designer @itsjeremyscott, directed by Vlad Yudin.

There are lots of very talented people in the world, but what takes some people to the next level? Jeremy Scott, the People’s Designer, follows a path of chance (luck) and pure bold determination.

This documentary takes you through Jeremy Scott’s life and vision, from failed attempts to get into some New York fashion schools, and even being called untalented. His drive takes him and his boyfriend to Paris where, again, not finding any internships, someone suggests he puts on his own catwalk show. Which he does… When Moschino takes him on as their creative director, the rest becomes fashion history.

Loved by celebrities and pop culture, disapproved of by the fashion press, Scott is known for his kitsch style and putting wings on trainers. He is not everyone’s cup of tea!

But this documentary goes beyond normal fashion documentaries and shows him visiting his family and his Conservative roots. He has a family who are very proud and supportive, and instead of hiding where he comes from, he’s embraced it.

Jeremy Scott - The Peoples Designer

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Shirley reviews Grown Ups, written by Marian Keyes and published by Michael Joseph.

The latest book by this very popular Irish author doesn’t disappoint. Her wit and zany humour are perfectly balanced against the very real problems experienced by her characters.

Three brothers and their wives and families are the book’s foundation. The story starts with concussion-induced no-holds-barred honesty, then goes back in time to reveal all that has gone before.

The family dynamics are brilliant and most of the people are believable and well-drawn - although I found Jessie the rich matriarch a bit much, and Liam, one of her two brothers-in-law, too one-dimensional. Apart from that, this is a very enjoyable read and perfect escapism.

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Rachel reviews The Nightingale

A movie directed by Philippe Muyl, available to watch on Beamafilm.

This film follows the story of a lonely girl and her grandfather, as they embark on a journey to her late grandmother's birthplace in rural China.

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Philip reviews the documentary Dries

A fashion documentary about renowned Belgian designer Dries Van Noten. Directed by Reiner Holzemer, and featuring Dries Van Noten, Iris Apfel, and Pamela Golbin.

I do enjoy a fashion doco. Beautiful fabrics, beautiful catwalks, beautiful assistants, beautiful offices and, of course, the beautiful country retreat.

Dries Van Noten is a Belgium fashion designer of world renown (although my all-time favourite is his fellow Antwerp Six collaborator and friend, Walter Van Beirendonck – documentary about him soon, please).

With his vision, and the help of many people, Dries makes incredibly beautiful and inspiring fashion. I can easily spot one of his fabric designs when I’m window shopping. He takes his job/life seriously. His independent fashion label employs many people in his office and workshop, as well as the sewers in India who embroider his garments every season.

It is obviously hard and stressful work. Near the end of the film, Dries says that he’d like to be able to take a catwalk season off. Well, Covid-19 has made that happen.

From a personal perspective, I have an interest in clothing and have my own fashion brand, Op-Shop Ucci. The Ucci came about after going past a Gucci shop in San Francisco where someone had stolen the G, while Op-Shop is inspired by the 90% of my wardrobe that comes from op shops. Op-Shop Ucci has a few rules – wear things that totally don’t go together, that shouldn’t work but it does, and never wear black.

So, for me, Dries was especially enjoyable, especially the catwalk shows.


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Shirley reviews The Starless Sea, written by Erin Morgenstern and published by Harvill Secker.

This is the second book by Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus. The cover is very attractively presented to entice the reader into a world of books and magic.

We follow university student Zachary Ezra Rawlins on a dangerous quest into another world in search of The Starless Sea and many other things – like why his personal story is in an old book he found in the library…

The main story is interspersed with fable-like fragments, which the reader tries to link and decipher. Time moves back and forth, too, which can be somewhat confusing.

There are lots of puzzles involving books, swords, keys, owls, and bees; a bit of romance; some unusual characters; many references to books (Narnia, Harry Potter, The Shadow of the Wind – to name a few); and everywhere there are doorways leading to other times and places.

If you’re happy to go along for the ride, you’ll enjoy the descriptive writing and marvel at the extraordinary imagination of the young author.

The Starless Sea

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Michelle reviews the eAudiobook version of The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.

Following on from the award-winning Handmaid’s Tale, it shares the stories of three women as they recount their experiences and bear witness to the horrors of Gilead.

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Dianne from South Dunedin Library reviews the Dark-Hunter series

This series features more than 30 fantasy/paranormal romance novels written by Sherrilyn Kenyon and published by Tor.

Dianne says:

One of my customers told me I needed to read Sherrilyn Kenyon (an author I hadn't gotten to). It didn't take me very long to get hooked and start going through her books as fast as I could get my hands on them.

After finishing one whole series, I started on Dark-Hunter – who doesn't like reading about mythology mixed into present day. What I've really enjoyed is that each book is about one particular Dark-Hunter – you follow them on their journey and learn why they became a dark hunter. Yes, I have read the series out of order, something I don't usually do.

We can see the close bond Acheron (Ash) has with all his men and the dealings he has with Artemis, so that he can give them back their souls when they find that special someone. None of them know the sacrifices that Archeron must endure so that they can each have their happy ending.

We follow the journey of each dark hunter and how they intertwine together. Fighting to keep humanity safe and also to keep the gods safe and from killing each other. As I was reading each book, I felt really invested in them – you could see the deep bonds of friendship and the unlikely relationships between each fraction.

I'm about halfway through the series and can't wait to keep reading on. If you enjoy Fantasy, give this author a go – some of the books are rather fat but you do get some smaller books in between.

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Philip reviews Studio 54: The Documentary

Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

Starring Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell

I will always remember arriving in New York and ascending from the underground to discover another world. Planet NY.

Step into Studio 54, a nightclub in New York City. Opening in 1977 at the height of disco, it was set up by Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell. This documentary details the story of their lives and what drove them to create this vision. It explores how successful Studio 54 became and how its excessive highs brought about its downfall in just 3 years.

Studio 54 was a new world, a new freedom, the birth of the celebrity and the magic of disco. Schrager and Rubell created a theatrical escape, a place for people to come, an event for people to experience. For one New Year’s party, they had 4 tonnes of glitter on the dance floor

With a very strict entry policy – you had to be either very famous or very stunning to get in – it became world famous as the place to be and to be seen, and the paparazzi were created!

Of course, too many highs and something has to crash – an alienated crowd denied entry, lacking an actual liquor licence, not declaring taxes and huge amount of drugs and cash in their safe brought the cops calling.

As an interesting aside, the documentary also show the burning of disco records in baseball stadiums in middle America.

The freedom, the creativity, the idea of being able to be who you really are, or to escape into another world reminded me of my own somewhat small experience of this. When I was an art student in London a long time ago, Voguing was a thing for about a year. Having come over from America, these events were created at the Hippodrome, Leicester Square, where people would dress up in outrageous clothes and Vogue on the runway. I have a memory of dressing up in a black bin liner in an underground station on the Circle line. I have no idea what the theme could have been!

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Eryn reviews Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Eryn's book review focuses on Tin Man, a well-written, affecting portrayal of relationships, sexuality, and coping with loss.

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Lauren reviews the movie What We Did On Our Holiday

This charming film is full of wit and humour. It follows a family of five struggling to keep it together: parents Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike), who are in the midst of a tense separation, and their children Lottie, Mickey and Jess. Despite the trying times, the family drive to Scotland for Doug’s dying father Gordie’s (Billy Connolly) 75th birthday party, thrown by Doug’s wealthy micromanaging brother, Gavin (Ben Miller).

While Tennant and Pike do justice to the roles of embattled parents trying to hold things together, it is the enchanting combination of the curious and insightful three children with their wise and humourous grandfather Gordie that really captures you. Gordie refuses to take life too seriously, finding more in common with his inquisitive grandchildren than his preoccupied sons. When the children are faced with a challenging situation, it becomes clear none of the bickering adults will listen, so they adventurously take matters into their own hands.

This film uniquely engages the audience to see things in the simple way children do, delightfully offsetting the backdrop of the complex and strained adult relationships surrounding them. It is equal parts refreshing and uplifting, and well worth the watch.

What We Did On Our Holiday

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Shirley reviews The Long Call written by Ann Cleeves

This is the first in a new series by prolific and very successful British mystery writer, Ann Cleeves. Readers will know and love her from the Shetland and Vera Stanhope series.

From the first line we know we're in the hands of a skilful writer. We are introduced to the main character Detective Matthew Venn, a quiet, thoughtful and troubled man. He and his husband have come to live where Matthew grew up, as a part of a strict Brethren community. A body is found and we are immediately plunged into the elemental North Devon setting.

Well-rounded and diverse characters are interwoven with the plot, some taking their turn as the voice of a chapter. I especially enjoyed Matthew's associate Jen Rafferty, a single mother with 2 children and a complicated backstory. The investigation quickly focuses on 'The Woodyard', a centre of community enterprises mixed with supported facilities for vulnerable adults, managed by Matthew's caring and dedicated husband.

Lots of red herrings and the relentless building of tension make this a very satisfying read.

The Long Call was published by Pan MacMillan.

The Long Call by Anne Cleeves

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Josh reviews The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a movie directed by Terry Gilliam.

Josh's creative (musical) take on the movie follows the out there exploits of advertising director Toby (Adam Driver), as he attempts to make his film, and its effects on a Spanish village.

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Tracey reviews The Eighth Life written by Nino Haratischvili.

A mammoth of a book with 934 pages...I am up to page 431.

The story starts at the beginning of the twentieth century on the edge of the Russian Empire. A family of chocolate makers prospers and owes its success to a secret hot chocolate recipe.
The recipe is passed on to family members as we learn about their lives and, often doomed, romances.

I thought the book might get bogged down in lots of detail but it doesn't. A good Russian history lesson at the same time!

The Eighth Life was translated from German by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin, and was published by Scribe Publications.

The Eighth Life - Nino Haratischvili

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Rozz reviews The Braid by Laetitia Colombani

This well-crafted debut novel follows the lives of three women who appear to be very different in culture, geography (India, Sicily, Canada), and life experience. However, as Colombani weaves her narrative, we come to see that they have much more in common in many ways.

A compact, very satisfying read that left me looking forward to Colombani’s next work.

The Braid was translated from French by Louise Rogers Lalaurie and published by Picador.

The Braid

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Jo reviews The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

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Jo's eAudiobook review focuses on The Little Friend, the second novel from Donna Tartt. Set in 1970s Mississippi, the story revolves around a young girl named Harriet and her search for answers about her older brother's murder.

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Rebecca reviews Full Throttle by Joe Hill

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Rebecca's book review focuses on Full Throttle, a collection of short stories from author Joe Hill. Creepy and scary, but always relatable, her favourites included Faun (big game hunters in a fairytale world) and Late Returns (supernatural happenings on a library Bookmobile).
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