A Return To Love

“A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson One of Nicola’s 100 best books for inspiration in the 21st Century! Favourite Extract Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who … Continue reading A Return To Love

Nervous Conditions

“Nervous Conditions” by Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe) One of Nicola’s 100 best books for inspiration in the 21st century! Review From the opening sentence, readers were carried along by the story of Tambu and her family, especially the other female characters in her life, namely her mother, her uncle’s wife Maiguru, her cousin Nyasha and her mother’s younger sister Lucia. They liked the authenticity of Tambu’s … Continue reading Nervous Conditions

Too Loud a Solitude

“Too Loud a Solitude” by Bohumil Hrabal (Czech Republic) One of Nicola’s 100 best books for inspiration in the 21st century! Extract and Comment … I pick up a book, and my eyes open panic-stricken on a world other than my own, because when I start reading I’m somewhere completely different, I’m in the text, it’s amazing, I have to admit I’ve been dreaming, dreaming … Continue reading Too Loud a Solitude

American Desert

“American Desert” by Percival Everett (U.S.) One of Nicola’s 100 best books for inspiration in the 21st Century! Favourite Extract … but now he knew, things were the way they were until, simply, they changed. Now, he was going to change something. In fact, he already had. First, death had changed his concept of life. Then, resurrection had changed him as a person, made him … Continue reading American Desert

Eva Luna

“Eva Luna” by Isabel Allende (Chile) One of Nicola’s 100 best books for inspiration in the 21st century! Review Most readers really enjoyed the book. They loved the rich descriptions of the different places and people. They liked Allende’s style of writing, which they described as confident and captivating. Most of the discussion centred on the part of the story set in South America and … Continue reading Eva Luna

The Master and Margarita

“The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov (Russia) One of Nicola’s 100 best books for inspiration in the 21st century! Review Members of the Book Club were unanimous in their appreciation of this novel. They found it funny and philosophical. They loved the descriptions of the many incidents that happen and they liked the different characters, though most found confusing the way the author changes … Continue reading The Master and Margarita

Fahrenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury (U.S.) One of Nicola’s 100 best books for inspiration in the 21st century! Synopsis and Review “Fahrenheit 451”: the temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns In a time in which books are forbidden, Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are the source of all discord and unhappiness. But his unhappy marriage, his … Continue reading Fahrenheit 451

Tsotsi

“Tsotsi” by Athol Fugard (South Africa) One of Nicola’s 100 best books for inspiration in the 21st century! Synopsis and Review  “Tsotsi”: a compelling story of redemption Tsotsi is an angry young gang leader in the South African township of Sophiatown. A man without a past, he exists only to kill and steal. But one night, in a moonlit grove of bluegum trees, a woman … Continue reading Tsotsi