Book review: March by Geraldine Brooks

Few months ago, before going on holiday to Australia, I decided to "prepare" for the trip in a bookish way - by reading books written by Aussie authors. That's how I discovered Geraldine Brooks and her Pulitzer-awarded book "March". Let me begin by explaining why this book is special. You might already be familiar with the classic … Continue reading Book review: March by Geraldine Brooks

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Book review: Harry Potter – A History of Magic

If you're also a Harry Potter fan, you must have heard about the Harry Potter exhibition organized by the British Library in London. And you must have also heard about the corresponding book that was published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone“. Yes, in this post … Continue reading Book review: Harry Potter – A History of Magic

Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

When a couple of months ago I asked the blog's readers for recommendations of books written by Australian authors, "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" by Richard Flanagan was one of the books I was told about (thank you, Robin!). The novel was awarded the 2014 Man Booker Prize, being described by the jury as … Continue reading Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Book Review: The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair

"Colours are the smiles of nature" said the English writer Leigh Hunt, and I couldn't agree more. It fascinates me how something as simple as catching a glimpse of a certain colour can induce a happy mood, bring up a dear memory, or remind you of a good friend. I am a visual person, that's … Continue reading Book Review: The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair

Book & TV Series Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Women's position in society has been a long-debated topic, starting from women's rights to wage inequality and discrimination. It is also the leitmotif of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, a dystopian novel about a society where fertility is a major issue and fertile women, called handmaids, are obliged to give birth for rich families. In a nutshell, … Continue reading Book & TV Series Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Book Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden is the second book written by the Nobel and Pulitzer winner John Steinbeck that I read, after previously reading the short story The Pearl. Considered by Steinbeck his magnum opus*, East of Eden is a book about family and brotherhood, about good and evil, about jealousy and pride, and about the way history repeats … Continue reading Book Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck