Book Reviews

Lady Writing a Letter - Thomas Faed

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.

~ E M Forster


Book Reviews

Numbers
11/22/63 by Stephen King
19th Wife, The by David Ebershoff
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

A
A Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohhamed Hanif
A Certain Justice by PD James
A Child's Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper (Australia)
A Room With a View by EM Forster
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur COnan Doyle
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
An Iron Rose by Peter Temple (Australian)
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery
Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery
Anne's House of Dreams by LM Montgomery
Ape House by Sara Gruen
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

B
Big Four, The by Agatha Christie
Big Over Easy, The by Jasper Fforde
Billie's Kiss by Elizabeth Knox
Black Russian, The by Lenny Bartulin (Australian)
Blind Faith by Ben Elton
Breaker, The by Kit Denton (Australian)
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
Broken Shore, The by Peter Temple (Australian)
Boat, The by Nam Le (Australian)
Book of Lost Threads, The by Tess Evans (Australian)
Book Thief, The by Markus Zusak (Australian)
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolano
By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie

C
Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam, The by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (non-fiction)
Call of the Wild, The by Jack London
Case of the Missing Servant, The by Tarquin Hall
Casual Vacancy, The by JK Rowling
Cat Amoungst the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Catweazle by Richard Carpenter
Children Act, The by Ian McEwan
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Chrysalids, The by John Wyndham
Clan of the Cave Bear, The by Jean M Auel
Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littin by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Clouded Hills, The by Brenda Jagger
Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood (Australian)
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Collected Essays: Bookshop Memories (1936) by George Orwell
Collector, The by John Fowles
Corrections, The by Jonathan Franzen
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F Scott Fitzgerald
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The by Mark Haddon

D
Day of the Triffids, The by John Wyndham
Day We Had Hitler Home, The by Rodney Hall (Australian)
Deaf Sentence by David Lodge
Death Before Wicket by Kerry Greenwood (Australian)
Deception Point by Dan Brown
Diamond Dove by Adrian Hyland (Australian)
Disgrace by JM Coetzee
Dracula by Bran Stoker
Document Z by Andrew Croome (Australian)
Double Crown, The by Marie Heese
Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz
Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, The by Helene Hanff
Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie

E
Earth's Children Series, The by Jean M Auel
Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood (Australian)
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
Embassytown by China Mieville
Eucalyptus by Murray Bail (Australian)
Every Secret Thing by Marie Munkara

F
Father Frank by Paul Burke
Flatland by Edwin A Abbott
Flighing Too High by Kerry Greenwood (Australian)
Flint and Roses by Brenda Jagger
For the Term of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke (Australian)
Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
Freddie and the Enormouse by Hugh Scott
French Fried by Chris Dolley
From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
Fugitive Pieces by Ann Michaels

G
Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, The by Stieg Larsson
Girl who Played with Fire, The by Stieg Larsson
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The by Stieg Larsson
Good Earth, The by Pearl S. Buck
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald


H
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling 
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
Hell Island by Matthew Reilly
His Dark Material trilogy by Philip Pullman
Hound of the Baskervilles, The by Arthur Conan Doyle
House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
Household's Guide to Dying, The by Debra Adelaide (Australian)
Hunger Games, The by Suzanne Collins

I
Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor (Australian)
Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (Australian)
Jaws by Peter Benchley
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clark
Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

K
Key to Rebecca, The by Ken Follett
Kindling by Darren Groth (Australian)
Kraken Wakes, The by John Wyndham

L
Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Land of Painted Caves, The by Jean M Auel
Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
Legacy, The by Kristin Tranter (Australian)
Lilian's Story by Kate Grenville (Australian)
Little Stranger, The by Sarah Waters
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Long Goodbye, The by Raymond Chandler
Lord of the Rings, The by JRR Tolkien
Lost Paradise by Cees Nooteboom
Lost World, The by Arthur Conan Doyle)
Lovesong by Alex Miller (Australian)

M
Mammoth Hunters, The by Jean M Auel
Man With Two Left Feet and Other Short Stories, The by PG Wodehouse
Memory Keeper's Daughter, The by Kim Edwards
Messenger, The by Markus Zusak (Australian)
Metamorphosis, The by Franz Kafka
Midwich Cuckoos, The by John Wyndham
Mill on the Floss, The by George Eliot
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Moral Hazard by Kate Jennings (Australian)
Murder on a Midsummer Night by Kerry Greenwood (Australian)
My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin (Australian)
My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin (Australian)
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
Mysterious Affair at Styles, The by Agatha Christie

N
Nemesis by Isaac Asimov
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

O
One Day by David Nicholls

P
Passage, The by Justin Cronin
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay (Australian)
The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
Portrait of a Lady, The by Henry James
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (audiobook)
Princess Bride, The by William Golding

R
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rice Bowl by Suchen Lim
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

S
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Secret Adversary, The by Agatha Christie
Secret Garden, The by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Secret River, The by Kate Grenville (Australian)
Shadow of the Wind, The by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
Sign of the Four, The by Arthur Conan Doyle
Silk by Alessandro Baricco 
Sinkings, The by Amanda Curtin (Australian)
Slap, The by Christos Tsiolkas (Australian)
Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
Sleeping Sword, The by Brenda Jagger
Space Ranger by Isaac Asimov
Spare Room, The by Helen Garner (Australian)
Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sunday Philosophy Club, The by Alexander McCall Smith
Sunken Road, The by Gary Disher (Australian)
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
Suspicions of Mr Whicher, The by Kate Summerscale 

T
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Third Pig Detective Agency, The by Bob Burke
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Tiger's Wife, The by Tea Obreht
Timeless Land, The by Eleanor Dark (Australian)
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Tomorrow, When the War Began Series, The by John Marsden (Australian)
Transit of Venus, The by Shirley Hazzard (Australian)
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Turn of the Screw, The by Henry James
Twelve, The by Justin Cronin
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

U
Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, The by Peter Carey (Australian)

V
Valley of Fear, The by Arthur Conan Doyle
Valley of the Horses, The by Jean M Auel
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre (Australian)
The Vintner's Luck by Elizabth Knox
Virago Book of Ghost Stoies, The ed. Richard Dalby
Virunga: The Passion of Dian Fossey by Farley Mowat
Voices of Resistance by Sarah Husain (non-fiction)

W
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
White Earth, The by Andrew McGahon (Australian)
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
Witches, The by Roald Dahl
Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Y
Year of the Flood, The by Margaret Atwood