Square Peg in a Round Hole and Confused Memories – two books by Suzy Stewart Dubot

Suzy Steward Dubot is a prolific author of a few novels, multiple short stories and a variety of essay length tales. Some are memoir, others fiction in a variety of genre. The first book to be reviewed below is a very short, essay length, memoir which is why this unusual step of reviewing two books … More Square Peg in a Round Hole and Confused Memories – two books by Suzy Stewart Dubot

The very Worst Riding School in the World by Lucinda E Clarke

    Anyone who has read or followed (blog and social media) this author will be well acquainted with her excellent writing style and sense of humour. This introductory memoir is no exception.     The synopsis sets out the background: ‘Who would be stupid enough to open and run a riding school when they … More The very Worst Riding School in the World by Lucinda E Clarke

The True Tale of Castaway Ann Saunders by Roger Weston

This is a fictional account of a true event and consequently, falls into the Fiction/Biographical genre. Nonetheless, despite the fictional tag, it carries the weight of authenticity. The synopsis provides a background to the tale: ‘This short story is based on the horrific and heartbreaking story of a young Christian woman named Ann Saunders who … More The True Tale of Castaway Ann Saunders by Roger Weston

Wrong Place Wrong Time by David Perlmutter

From the start the reader will appreciate the honest self-criticism of this memoir. Whatever they may think of the author’s behaviour they will, surprisingly perhaps, find themselves drawn in. The author does come across as having been a bit of a ‘Jack-the-Lad’ character. The writing is light, easy and descriptive, providing the reader with a … More Wrong Place Wrong Time by David Perlmutter

Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools by Victoria Twead

In this book (the first in a series) the author shares some adventures she and her husband experienced when they first moved to Spain. She acknowledges their move was primarily motivated by her own desire, her husband being less enthusiastic. In view of this divergence, they agreed on a five-year plan to see whether life … More Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools by Victoria Twead

Jane Austen – A Life by Claire Tomalin

Considering the dearth of detailed records or documented occurrences, Claire Tomalin has done an excellent job with this biography. She must be commended for the depth and breadth of her research. It must have taken considerable time to gather so much information and to ‘interpret’ it to the extent it relates to Jane Austen herself. … More Jane Austen – A Life by Claire Tomalin

Addicted to Dimes (Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat) by Catherine Townsend-Lyon

This is a very personal, honest, no holds barred, memoir depicting the author’s journey with gambling addiction. Catherine Townsend-Lyon is very honest about all her failings. Though she admits writing the book had a cathartic effect it must have been very hard to recall and put into public view all that occurred on her journey. … More Addicted to Dimes (Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat) by Catherine Townsend-Lyon

Walking Over Eggshells by Lucinda E Clarke

This is a book the majority, if not all, parents would do well to read. It clearly, and uncompromisingly, depicts how a parent’s behaviour may impact on their off-spring for life. Lucinda Clarke is an excellent author whose writing carries the reader along with ease. She incorporates: humour along with distress; emotions with thoughts; clear … More Walking Over Eggshells by Lucinda E Clarke