Recommend Nervous conditions
This excellent novel tells the story of Tambudzai, a young girl growing up in Zimbabwe (then known as Rhodesia) and her struggles to gain an education as a female in a patriarchal family beset by rural poverty and the premature death of her brother. When at school, her narrative interacts with that of her cousin Nyasha, initially raised in the UK and whose Western influences conflict with the traditions and disciplinarian values of her teacher father Babamukuru and threaten to tear the family apart.
Dangarembga expertly uses and transforms the formal techniques of the bildungsroman novel and applies them to a postcolonial environment. Nervous Conditions powerfully reveals the devastating effects that arise from the collision of two cultures and how these impact upon two young woman seeking to develop into adulthood while overcoming the pressures of academic achievement, eating disorders and parental turmoil.
Recommendation of Affinity by Sarah Waters
Affinity is a chilling story of a well-to-do but recently disgraced upper class lady who makes charitable visits to a Victorian women's prison more...
Recommend Losing you
I picked up this book on holiday and could not put it down until I had finished it. It is a fictional crime thriller full of suspense that keeps the reader hooked until the last page. This is not, however, the usual crime novel full of guns, drugs and espionage. Instead, the plot is the stuff of every parent's nightmare.
The heroine is 40 year old Nina Landry who is planning to fly to Florida with her family. Instead, she spends her birthday racing against time to save the life of her missing 15 year old daughter. The action takes place in the space of one December day and the reader lives every moment of it with the increasingly desperate mother.
The outcome is never certain and the reader is kept guessing until the end. This is the first Nicci French book I have read, but it will definitely not be the last. I thoroughly recommend it.
Recommend Twilight Watch
The Twilight Watch is set in modern day Russia in the middle of a cold war between the forces of light and dark. Following the events of the two previous books (Night Watch and Day Watch) this is a book that I have awaited for many months. It has not failed to live up to my expectations, delivering the same mix of action and intrigue as the previous books. A must-read, but only after reading the prequels.