November 2021


The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Michael Connelly’s latest book, The Dark Hours, is a masterpiece. He has the distinction of creating new characters that are tough and hard-bitten but, nevertheless, relevant to the constantly changing environment that is the twenty-first century. At the same time, his known characters are not neglected but grow in dimensionality. The

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General Fiction

The Fossil Hunter by Tea Cooper

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke In her latest publication, Tea Cooper has managed to create an interesting story from two different times in history. Her stories always have a basis in fact and tell of secrets and memories and mysteries as well as values and attitudes of the times. I read somewhere that in November 2021

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Booker Prize 2021 – Winner

The winner of the Booker Prize for 2021 has been announced. It’s third time lucky for Damon Galgut as, after being shortlisted in 2003 and 2010, he finally wins the Booker Prize with The Promise. The announcement was made by Maya Jasanoff, chair of the 2021 judges, in a ceremony that was broadcast live to

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The Shortest History of War by Gwynne Dyer

Reviewed by Clare Brook Everything has changed except our way of thinking.  Albert Einstein Thomas Hobbs wrote that human life without a central government would be ‘nasty, brutish and short!’ (Leviathan, 1651) Whereas, Jean-Jacques Rousseau believed Noble Savages lived free and equal having little to do with war.  It turns out that neither philosopher got

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Historical Fiction

The Swift and the Harrier by Minette Walters

Reviewed by Rod McLary Minette Walters is perhaps better known for her psychological novels most of which were written between 1992 and 2007.  She has been awarded an Edgar Award and two Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger awards for The Ice House, The Scold’s Bridle and Fox Evil respectively.  In recent years, however, she has

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