Written in History – Simon Sebag Montefiore

Summary: Most of our modern history relies on the written word. Mostly we read the words of the victors, the burnished version of events. This anthology approaches history from an intriguing angle. Under titles ranging form “Courage” and “Discovery”, to “Folly” “War” and “Disaster”, the author reveals to us, in the words of those who … Continue reading Written in History – Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Space Between Time – Charlie Laidlaw

Summary: This is a story about childhood-into-adulthood, innocence lost, and a struggle to connect to tie together the threads of very different lives. Main Characters: Emma Rossini: The narrator, who details her life through the first-person. Paul Ross: Emma’s famous film-star actor father. Alberto Rossini: Emma’s brilliant, late-recognised physicist genius grandfather Caitlin Ross: Emma’s mother. … Continue reading The Space Between Time – Charlie Laidlaw

Murder at the Columbarium – Emily Gallo

Summary: This is an interesting whodunnit story, which also has a number of other threads running through it. Main Characters: Jed Gibbons: Sixty-something African-American, curator of a Columbarium (a building where funeral urns are stored). Monica: His wife, positively diagnosed with HIV. Minor Characters: Dutch: Sixty-something grower of legal weed. Juniper: Dutch’s live-in companion, and … Continue reading Murder at the Columbarium – Emily Gallo

The Kingmaker Contest – Troy Clem

Summary: Main Characters: Theo: An orphan brought up in the palace as a ward of the king. Nagima: She is a Sigander, the race that were the original natives of the land. They now are mainly forest dwellers, and Nagima is endowed with magical powers, which is not unexpected in her race. Tess: An urchin … Continue reading The Kingmaker Contest – Troy Clem

The Byzantine World War – Nick Holmes

Summary: An interesting and thought-provoking overview of that most enigmatic of empires, Byzantium. It deals specifically with the hundred years or so before and including the First Crusade, and makes a compelling argument to treat the desperate defence of Byzantium, and the prosecution of the Crusade as the real first world war. Main Characters: Romanus … Continue reading The Byzantine World War – Nick Holmes

Pure – Andrew Miller

Summary: Paris. 1785. The final years before the revolution. A young engineer is given the job of clearing the old cemetery of Les Innocents of its current inhabitants, and then tear down the old church. Main Characters: Jean-Baptiste Baratte: The engineer charged with cleansing the over-flowing cemetery of Les Innocents, sited in the Les Halles … Continue reading Pure – Andrew Miller

All The Broken People – Amy Rivers

Summary: Set in Georgia, Alice Bennett has taken on the role of caregiver to her recently-injured mother-in-law. Travelling from New York, she hopes she will find the space and time to deal with her marital pressures in this quiet picturesque town. Underneath the surface, however, simmering old feuds and resentments are finally boiling over, and … Continue reading All The Broken People – Amy Rivers

Blackfish City – Sam Miller

Summary: Qaanaaq is a floating city, based in the Arctic, a complex highly-engineered environment that somehow survives in this dystopian world. It is built along Arms, and social castes gravitate towards their own. The city has its social problems, and is riven by class, power and wealth. The city is run by mysterious shareholders (they … Continue reading Blackfish City – Sam Miller