May Wrap Up

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May Wrap Up: THAT GIRL, LINDISFARNE, PERSON’S UNKNOWN, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE

 

May has been a busier than usual reading month. It’s been lovely to get back into reading and blogging after a bit of slump due to some crazy times in the real world.  I read a total of four books in May and managed to tick THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE off my epic David Bowie reading challenge.

Books I read in May

THAT GIRL by Kate Kerrigan

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THAT GIRL by Kate Kerrigan

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You can escape a place. But you can’t escape yourself.

Hanna flees the scene of a terrible crime in her native Sligo. If she can just vanish, re-invent herself under a new name, perhaps the police won’t catch up with her. London seems the perfect place to disappear.

Lara has always loved Matthew and imagined happy married life in Dublin. Then comes the bombshell – Matthew says he wants to join the priesthood. Humiliated and broken-hearted, Lara heads to the most godless place she can find, King’s Road, Chelsea.

Matthew’s twin sister, Noreen, could not be more different from her brother. She does love fiance John, but she also craves sex, parties and fun. Swinging London has it all, but without John, Noreen is about to get way out of her depth.

All three girls find themselves working for Bobby Chevron – one of London’s most feared gangland bosses – and it’s not long before their new lives start to unravel.

MY REVIEW

 

LINDISFARNE (Project Renova #2) by Terry Tyler

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LINDISFARNE by Terry Tyler

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Sequel to Tipping Point, Project Renova Book 1

Six months after the viral outbreak, civilised society in the UK has broken down. Vicky and her group travel to the Northumbrian island of Lindisfarne, where they are welcomed by an existing community.

New relationships are formed, old ones renewed. The lucky survivors adapt, finding strength they didn’t know they possessed, but the honeymoon period does not last long. Some cannot accept that the rules have changed, and, for just a few, the opportunity to seize power is too great to pass up. Egos clash, and the islanders soon discover that there are greater dangers than not having enough to eat.

Meanwhile, in the south, Brian Doyle discovers that rebuilding is taking place in the middle of the devastated countryside. He comes face to face with Alex Verlander from Renova Workforce Liaison, who makes him an offer he can’t refuse. But is UK 2.0 a world in which he will want to live?

Lindisfarne is Book 2 in the Project Renova series.
A book of related short stories, entitled Patient Zero, features back and side-stories from minor characters, and should be available in November, 2017. Book 3 is due in mid 2018.

MY REVIEW

 

PERSON’S UNKNOWN by Susie Steiner

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PERSON’S UNKNOWN by Susie Steiner

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The sequel to Susie Steiner’s bestselling MISSING, PRESUMED

Manon has settled back into life in Cambridgeshire with her adopted son Fly. She’s perfectly happy working on cold cases until a man is stabbed to death just yards from the police station, and both the victim and the prime suspect turn out to be much closer to home than she would like. How well does Manon know her loved ones, and are they capable of murder?

MY REVIEW

 

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark

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THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark

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‘Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life…’

Passionate, free-thinking and unconventional, Miss Brodie is a teacher who exerts a powerful influence over her group of ‘special girls’ at Marcia Blaine School. They are the Brodie set, the crème de la crème, each famous for something – Monica for mathematics, Eunice for swimming, Rose for sex – who are initiated into a world of adult games and extracurricular activities they will never forget. But the price they pay is their undivided loyalty …

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a brilliantly comic novel featuring one of the most unforgettable characters in all literature.

MY REVIEW

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THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark

Goodreads Blurb

‘Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life…’

Passionate, free-thinking and unconventional, Miss Brodie is a teacher who exerts a powerful influence over her group of ‘special girls’ at Marcia Blaine School. They are the Brodie set, the crème de la crème, each famous for something – Monica for mathematics, Eunice for swimming, Rose for sex – who are initiated into a world of adult games and extracurricular activities they will never forget. But the price they pay is their undivided loyalty …

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a brilliantly comic novel featuring one of the most unforgettable characters in all literature.

My Review 

Miss Jean Brodie is an eccentric Edinburgh teacher in the 1930s. She selects a set of six girls who are each famous in their own ways – Monica for mathematics, Eunice for swimming, Rose for sex – to take under her wing throughout their school years. Her ways of interacting with the girls begins quite unconventionally and progresses to extremely adult and inappropriate extracurricular activities. In return for Miss Brodie’s special treatment and the added style and popularity the girls receive as being part of the exclusive Brodie Set the girls remain completely loyal to their mentor until one of them betrays her in the worst possible way.

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE is only a short novel, but I still found it a bit of the chore to read. Jean Brodie did have many comedic moments, but I just found her to be an incredibly irritating character. She was often cruel and childish and I could never figure out why she was so invested in her girls. I also wondered why none of the other teachers or the girls’ parents didn’t seem to notice there was something off about her.

This book is part of the David Bowie Reading Challenge #DBowieBooks

1. 1984

2. The Great Gatsby

3. The Gnostic Gospels

4. A Clockwork Orange

5. Lady Chatterley’s Lover

6. The Art of War

7. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Links

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Alice in Wonderland at ACMI

I was amazed by The Alice in Wonderland Exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) this weekend. My partner and I had a blast exploring this wonderfully interactive exhibition and fully embraced our inner children for the afternoon.

Once we fell down the rabbit hole we received our Lost Map of Wonderland to help us guide our way through Wonderland and crawled through a deceptively small doorway that took us into the Hallway of Doors. Our maps had a cool feature that allowed us to unlock extra content throughout the exhibition when we found the top of the Alice symbol on our guides.

Once we found our way out of the topsy turvy Hallway of Doors we made our way through each of the areas of the exhibition full of amazing artifacts and information about the many screen adaptations of Alice in Wonderland. You are able to touch, or even get inside, several of the exhibition pieces and there are screens showing different scenes throughout.

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Through the Hallway of Doors and into the Pool of Tears
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A gorgeous Red Queen costume
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Stuck in the White Rabbit’s House
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Disney poster

The most exciting feature of the exhibition for us was the interactive Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, which just about blew our minds! The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is a five minute immersive experience that made us feel as though we really had gone through the looking glass and fell down the white rabbit’s hole to Wonderland. There was quite a long queue to join the Tea Party Experience, but the friendly ACMI guides were very efficient at keeping the line moving and letting everybody know what’s happening. It certainly didn’t take as long as it first appeared, and this experience was more than worth the wait.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

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On the way out of the exhibition we were typically distracted by all of the beautiful Alice in Wonderland items that were available for purchase and we absolutely couldn’t resist getting ourselves a lovely Wonderland themed tea cup and saucer from the T2 X ACMI range.

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The Lost Map of Wonderland
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My new Alice in Wonderland tea cup by T2 for ACMI

If you are looking for something fun and educational to do with your kids or an adult looking to be a kid for the day, the Alice in Wonderland Exhibition at ACMI is a Melbourne activity that you don’t want to miss. It’s easy to get to at ACMI’s central Federation Square location, and it is a rare activity that really does have something of interest for all ages. Check out the ACMI website for more details about extra Alice in Wonderland events, including  late nights, low sensory and descriptive tours.

 

Book #review: PERSON’S UNKNOWN by Susie Steiner @SusieSteiner1

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PERSON’S UNKNOWN by Susie Steiner

Goodreads Blurb

The sequel to Susie Steiner’s bestselling MISSING, PRESUMED

Manon has settled back into life in Cambridgeshire with her adopted son Fly. She’s perfectly happy working on cold cases until a man is stabbed to death just yards from the police station, and both the victim and the prime suspect turn out to be much closer to home than she would like. How well does Manon know her loved ones, and are they capable of murder?

My Review

MISSING PRESUMED is the sequel to the DS Manon series. You can read my review of the first novel of the series MISSING PRESUMED here. Manon Bradshaw has settled into the family life with her newly adopted teenager son, Fly. They have left London to settle in with her sister, Ellie, and Ellie’s young son in Cambridgeshire while Manon works the more boring, but far less dangerous and intense, cold case department and turns to IVF so that she can have her own child. Of course, things don’t remain dull and boring for long and Manon is caught up in a new murder mystery that seems to involve somebody from her happy little family.

I really enjoyed the mystery side of PERSON’S UNKNOWN. There were plenty of twists and turns and I was genuinely surprised when the killer was finally revealed. I did find the IVF pregnancy a little bit out of character for Manon and definitely, but overall it was a great crime thriller and will look out for the novel in the series. Four stars!

Links

Susie Steiner

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Amazon AU

Book #Review: ‘Lindisfarne’ by Terry Tyler @terrytyler4

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Lindisfarne by Terry Tyler

Goodreads blurb

Sequel to Tipping Point, Project Renova Book 1

Six months after the viral outbreak, civilised society in the UK has broken down. Vicky and her group travel to the Northumbrian island of Lindisfarne, where they are welcomed by an existing community.

New relationships are formed, old ones renewed. The lucky survivors adapt, finding strength they didn’t know they possessed, but the honeymoon period does not last long. Some cannot accept that the rules have changed, and, for just a few, the opportunity to seize power is too great to pass up. Egos clash, and the islanders soon discover that there are greater dangers than not having enough to eat.

Meanwhile, in the south, Brian Doyle discovers that rebuilding is taking place in the middle of the devastated countryside. He comes face to face with Alex Verlander from Renova Workforce Liaison, who makes him an offer he can’t refuse. But is UK 2.0 a world in which he will want to live?

Lindisfarne is Book 2 in the Project Renova series.
A book of related short stories, entitled Patient Zero, features back and side-stories from minor characters, and should be available in November, 2017. Book 3 is due in mid 2018.

My Review

Lindisfarne is the  second book of the fascinating post-apocalyptic Project Renova series by  Terry Tyler. Lindisfarne picks up where Tipping Point left off with a mystery virus wreaking havoc across the UK and the rest of the world. Vicky and her group travel to a small remote island to start a new life where they meet up with a various of groups of with the same idea in mind. But forming a new society from the dregs of the old one isn’t easy for Vicky and the new occupants of Lindisfarne, and the same old power and ego struggles of the past rear their head and create problems. We also find out some more about Project Renova and how the virus was originally developed and spread through Brian Doyle’s experiences in the south.

I absolutely loved this book! Terry Tyler’s decision to write this series from multiple point of views really gives you a comprehensive insight into the perspective of all of the characters and the characters are mostly everyday kind of people.  This series really makes you wonder what would I do in a post-apocalyptic world?

Links

Find out more about the author and the Project Renova series at Terry Tyler’s website

Goodreads

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Amazon AU

Scatterbooker reviews ‘That Girl’ by Kate Kerrigan

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That Girl  by Kate Kerrigan

Goodreads Synopsis

You can escape a place. But you can’t escape yourself.

Hanna flees the scene of a terrible crime in her native Sligo. If she can just vanish, re-invent herself under a new name, perhaps the police won’t catch up with her. London seems the perfect place to disappear.

Lara has always loved Matthew and imagined happy married life in Dublin. Then comes the bombshell – Matthew says he wants to join the priesthood. Humiliated and broken-hearted, Lara heads to the most godless place she can find, King’s Road, Chelsea.

Matthew’s twin sister, Noreen, could not be more different from her brother. She does love fiance John, but she also craves sex, parties and fun. Swinging London has it all, but without John, Noreen is about to get way out of her depth.

All three girls find themselves working for Bobby Chevron – one of London’s most feared gangland bosses – and it’s not long before their new lives start to unravel.

 

My Review

‘That Girl’ is a romance with a twist, set in the fascinating world of London during the swinging sixties.

Three girls leave Ireland to start lives in London where they get caught up in the grimy underworld of the sleazy gangster,  Bobby Chevron where they discover that no matter how far you run your past will always catch up with you in the end.

Hanna is trying to escape from a horrifying crime, Lara is running away from a broken heart, while Noreen is looking for a final fling before she settles down to married life in her small Irish town. These three main characters were completely different, but they complemented each other perfectly. They all had their reasons for heading to London and dealt with the adversity they were faced with in different but equally strong ways. ‘That Girl’ really is a story of strong female characters getting stuff done no matter what.

I am a sucker for good historical fiction and Kate Kerrigan always does a brilliant job of setting the scene. I almost felt as though I was walking down King’s Street in its heyday and my feet were stuck to the floor of Bobby Chevron’s gangster nightclub. Five out of five stars!

Thank you Head of Zeus and Harper Collins Australia for providing me with a review copy.

Links

Kate Kerrigan

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Amazon AU

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