Anne Tyler’s novels are always satisfying. She’s a great storyteller, a master of dialogue and she has a reputation for crafting vivid, believable characters. Ladder of Years (Random House) ticks all these boxes, and yet her flawed protagonist (that’s what makes her believable) is a little too flawed to be endearing. Delia Grinstead, 40, wife of Dr Sam Grinstead and mother of three children, feels insignificant in her family. The […]

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A month of frothy reading, for a change. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series fell into my hands, and, having heard about its phenomenal success in the adolescent market, I was curious about it. I expected to skim the first book and then lose interest, but I landed up devouring all four tomes in quick succession. I use ‘devouring’ purposefully: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn (Atom) chronicle the adventures of […]

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Non-fiction choices this month: the story of success and the art of happiness. While success doesn’t necessarily guarantee happiness, acquiring the art of being happy could be seen as the greatest of all human achievements. Outliers: The story of success by Malcolm Gladwell (Allen Lane) What is it that makes some people famous and successful, and others not? Why did the Beatles stand out from hundreds of other promising bands […]

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Only one this month; retrenchment and associated angst took a big bite out of my reading time. I’ll be back on track in March. The Angel’s Game (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Written six years after the best-selling The Shadow of the Wind (see December books), this new novel by Zafon not only surpasses expectations but has become the fastest selling book in Spanish publishing history. It takes […]

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