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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

On The Cover: Safe Harbour by Danielle Steel


Here's what's on the cover of the book 'Safe Harbour' by Danielle Steel.

On a windswept summer day, as the fog rolls in over San Francisco, a solitary figure walks her dog on the beach. Eleven-year old Pip Mackenzie's young life has been touched by tragedy - nine months before, a terrible accident plunged her mother Ophelie into inconsolable grief. Then Pip meets artist Matt Bowles, who offers to teach her to draw - and can't help but notice her beautiful, lonely mother.

 Matt senses something magical about Pip, something that reminds him of his own daughter, before a bitter divorce tore his family apart. Ophelie is thrown by her daughter's new companion, until she realises how much joy he is bringing into their lives. As mother and daughter begin to heal and to laugh again, Matt must confront unfinished business from his own past. Then, out of the darkness, comes an unexpected gift of hope.....'

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On The Cover: Paradise by Toni Morrison


Here's  what's on the cover of the book 'Paradise' by Toni Morrison.

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE

'NOT SINCE HER FELLOW NOBEL LAUREATE WILLIAM FAULKNER HAS A WRITER POPULATED A FEW ACRES WITH SO MUCH RICHNESS AND DESOLATION.' - Observer

TONI MORRISON'S LATEST LITERARY TRUIMPH....

PARADISE is structured around eight chapters, each bearing a woman's name. Each adding a different point of view to the narrative. It's set in RUBY, a fictitious black town founded by proud, racially pure men who emerged from the fight against slavery only to find there was yet another hierarchy - this time based on gradations of skin colour - to keep them down. Yet the myth of Ruby's own racial genealogy. Its piety and self-righteousness is fragile. And the women who skirt the town's boundaries, preferring to take refuge in their own company, threaten to blow it apart.' - FIONA MORROW, Time Out

'In challenging complacencies and opening up new spacces in American narrative fiction, (Morrison) has no peer.' - MAYA JAGGI, Independent

'A breathtaking new masterpiece by this much loved author....Exploring the cultural, religious and racial clashes that exist in American society. This is a wonderfully absorbing story.' - KATE FIGES, Elle

'Morrison's themes - race, faith, love, sex - may be universal. But her best writing stems from the particular. Making this a novel that is at once deeply serious and unexpectedly beautiful.' - MELISSA DENES, Harper & Queen

'PARADISE is the strangest and most original book that Morrison has written...It symbolically explodes one of the myths of race. And it is Morrison at her novelistic best.' - LOUIS MENAND, New Yorker

'PARADISE is superbly well made, effortless in its range but tightly focused and powerfully real. Wearing its mission lightly.' - JAN DALLEY, New Statesman'


- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

On The Cover: Tony & Susan by Austin Wright


Here's what's on the cover of the book 'Tony & Susan' by Austin Wright.

'Marvellously written - the last thing you would expect in a story of blood and revenge. Beautiful.' - SAUL BELLOW

'Absorbing, terrifying, beautiful and appalling...This novel I know I shall never forget.' - RUTH RENDELL

'Creepy, illuminating, quite wonderful.' - DONNA LEON

'Compelling....Mesmerising....Absolutely irresistible' - New York Times

'A thriller with the grip of a pitbull...This is a novel of immense guile and unsettling velocity. Why Wright isn't better known is a mystery to me. He's brilliant.' - RUPERT THOMSON

Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield. One day, comfortable in her home, with her children, and her second marriage, she receives, entirely out of the blue, a parcel containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says.

 As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of his character Tony Hastings, a maths professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, so are we. As the Hastings' ordinary, civilised lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life.

 Tony & Susan is a dazzling achievement: simultaneously a riveting portrayal of the experience of reading and a page-turning thriller, written in startlingly arresting prose. It is also a novel about fear and regret, revenge and aging, marriage and creativity. It is simply unique.'


- Debolina Raja Gupta

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sneaky Peeky Sunday: One Day by David Nicholls

Reading this interesting book called 'One Day' by David Nicholls. As of now it's going okay, so will let you know how it is once Im finished. I haven't watched the movie yet, which stars Jim Sturgess (I loved him in the movie Across The Universe) and Anne Hathaway.

'...understanding between them. But they have always been close; always been open, and their habitual understanding has instead been replaced by bitterness, resentment, a rage on both their parts at what is happening. Meetings that should be fond and comforting descend into bickering and recrimination. Eight hours ago he was telling complete strangers his most intimate secrets, and now he can't talk to his mother. Something isn't right.

 'So. I saw largin 'it last week,' she says.

 'Did you?'

 She is silent, so he's forced to add, 'What did you think?'

 'I think you're very good. Very natural. You look very nice on the screen. As I've said before, I don't care for the programme very much.'

 'Well, it's not really meant for people like you, is it?'

 She bridles at the phrase, and turns her head imperiously. 'What do you mean, people like me?'

 Flustered, he continues, 'I mean, it's just a silly, late-night programme, that's all. It's post-pub-'

 'You mean I wasn't drunk enough to enjoy it?'

  'No-'

 'I'm not a prude either, I don't mind vulgarity, I just don't understand why it's suddenly necessary to humiliate people all the time-'

 'No-one's humiliated, not really, it's fun-'

 'You have competitions to find Britain's ugliest girlfriend. You don't think that's humiliating?'

 'Not reall, no-'

 'Asking men to send in photos of their ugly girlfriends.....'

 'It's fun, the whole point is the guys love them even though they're....not conventionally attractive, that's the whole point, it's fun!'

 'You keep saying it's fun, are you trying to convince me, or yourself?'

 'Let's just not talk about it, shall we?'


- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

On The Cover: Nemesis by Lindsey Davis


Here's what's on the cover of the book 'Nemesis' by Lindsey Davis

In the high summer of AD 77, a laid-back detective Marcus Didius Falco is called upon to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a middle-aged couple who supplied statues to Falco's father, Geminus. The Claudii, notorious freedmen who live rough in the pestilential Pontine Marshes, are the prime suspects. Falco, beset by personal problems, finds it a relief to consider someone else's misfortunes.

 When a mutilated corpse turns up near Rome, Falco and his vigiles friend Petronius investigate, only for the Chief Spy, Anacrites, to snatch their case away from them just as they are making progress. As his rivalry with Falco escalates, it emerges that the violent Claudii have acquired corrupt protection at the highest level. Making further enquiries after they have been warned off can only be dangerous - but will this stop Falco and Petronius?

 Egged on by the slippery bureaucrats who hate Anacrites, the dogged friends dig deeper while a psychotic killer keeps taking more victims, and the shocking truth creeps closer and closer to home...

PRAISE FOR LINDSEY DAVIS:

'A tumultuous Ancient Rome with a delightful modern eye' SUNDAY TIMES

'One of the best of the current writers in this field' - THE TIMES

- Debolina Raja Gupta