Book Review : Suite Française

Yet another one of my delightful finds at the now-famous books by the kilo sale from December 2012, "Suite Française" is an excellent addition to my growing collection of books based on the Second World War. A veritable masterpiece, though written in 1941 during and after the siege of Paris, when the author herself was … Continue reading Book Review : Suite Française

The Birth of a Book: The Honey Hunter

A serendipitous collaboration is how Anita Roy of Zubaan Publications described "The Honey Hunters," written by Karthika Nair and illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet. Developed initially for DESH, a dance show, The Honey Hunters was born out of a discussion about the age-old diasporic problem of the loss of a language. "None of my friends speak … Continue reading The Birth of a Book: The Honey Hunter

Book Review : Diary of an Ordinary Woman

Flitting desultorily looking for an interesting book to pick up at the second edition of “buy books by the kilo” sale, I chanced upon Margaret Forster’s “Diary of an Ordinary Woman” just as I was about to give up hope of getting anything worthwhile. A good six months later, forced to stay in bed for what … Continue reading Book Review : Diary of an Ordinary Woman

Book Review : Monet’s Cookery Notebooks

Like most people, I love the Impressionists and I started my lessons in Art with Claude Monet’s beautiful works. Sue Roe’s “The Private Lives of the Impressionists” waits patiently on my bedside table to be finished, giving way to a more recent purchase, “Monet’s Cookery Notebooks.”Acquired at the first edition of the books by the … Continue reading Book Review : Monet’s Cookery Notebooks

Book Review : Cobwebs and Cream Teas

The title conjured images of a rambling house and high teas with pots and pots of English tea and cream scones, stuff that filled the novels of my childhood...so when I saw the book thrust between hundreds of others at the unique "buy books by the kilo" sale I attended last year, I promptly put … Continue reading Book Review : Cobwebs and Cream Teas

Book Review : Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

“…my entrée to Austen was via Colin Firth prancing around in tight pants for the BBC. “ I couldn’t help but identify with Courtney Stone, the main character of Laurie Viera Rigler’s “Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.” It wasn’t till I discovered the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice and fell in love with Darcy … Continue reading Book Review : Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict