19th June 2017 by - No comments

Summer has definately arrived in London. My idea of heaven is sitting in my garden in one of our super comfortable rattan chairs, with a cold drink and a good book!

What could be more relaxing? Well a good book and a cold drink by the sea would also work for me, but sadly our school holidays are a few weeks away yet, so the garden will have to do.

When a favourite author brings out a new book the anticipation of starting it makes my day even more exciting.

The Book –

A collector unearths the find of a lifetime: an eighteenth-century portrait of a man uncannily like him.

While wandering through a Paris auction house, avid collector Pierre-François Chaumont is stunned to discover the eighteenth-century portrait of an unknown man who looks just like him.

Much to his delight, Chaumont’s bid for the work is successful, but back at home his jaded wife and circle of friends are unable to see the resemblance.

Chaumont remains convinced of it, and as he researches into the painting’s history, he is presented with the opportunity to abandon his tedious existence and walk into a brand new life…

Verdict –

There are certain authors whose style I love. Authors who bring out new books and I just cannot wait to read them.

Antoine Laurain is one of my favourites. I also follow his Instagram account avidly for breathtaking images of Paris.

The Portrait is another super original quirky tale unlike any other. What I love most about Antoine’s books are their ability to suprise you with something new unlike any other book on the market. The storyline is always fun and will keep you very entertained.

The Portrait is available for purchase now on Amazon & in all bookstores nationwide.

 

12th June 2017 by - No comments

If there was any era I could go back in time to and experience for myself it would have to be the 1930’s. Especially Paris in the roaring 30’s ; the music, the clothes, the era of having fun. The age of Jazz.

I first came across Zelda & Scott Fitzgerald in my favourite movie Midnight in Paris. A lovely couple who have an intense yet extremely loving relationship. I then found out that Christina Ricci was to star in a mini series about the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. So I just had to find out more about her exciting life. An author and wife to the great Scott Fitzgerald, her life had to be anything but boring.

The Book –

A novel of the woman dubbed ‘The First Flapper’ – Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife and muse to F.Scott Fitzgerald. Set against the glamorous backdrop of the Roaring twenties, Z is the story of the woman who lived large and ached to find her own identity in the shadow of her celebrated husband.

Verdict –

Firstly let me try to explain what this book is – is it fact or fiction? Well its fictional but based on true facts so it is ‘biographical fiction.’ Im guessing because not too much information is available of Zelda’s life, what is available has been cleverly glued together to form this novel.

This book is exactly what I look for in biographies, it is a novel so instead of just giving us facts and figures it takes us on a journey of Zelda’s life. Zelda & Scott Fitzgerald had a fantastically glamorous life, but it was also filled with ups and downs.

The characters who make up their circle of friends – Hemingway, Picasso, Cole Porter, Gertrude Stein. Living a life filled with parties, excess, drinking, frivolity can ultimately lead to depression and we find out about Zelda’s demons who she battled with through her life.

I really enjoyed this book and am very excited to see Zelda’s life come alive on screen.

A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald is available to purchase on Amazon and at all bookstores now.

 

5th June 2017 by - No comments

When you become a parent, or have sole responsibility of a child, movies touch you in such different ways. Especially movies which are true and that revolve around the life of a child.

I remember seeing advertisements for Philomena when it first came out, but because of Steve Coogan being in it I automatically assumed it was a comedy, how wrong I was.

The Movie


In 1952, Irish teenager Philomena (played by Judi Dench) became pregnant out of wedlock and was sent to a convent. When her baby, Anthony, was a toddler, the nuns took Philomena’s child away from her and put him up for adoption in the United States.

For the next 50 years, she searched tirelessly for her son.

When former BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith (played by Steve Coogan) learns of the story, he becomes her ally. They travel together to America to find Anthony and become unexpectedly close in the process.

Verdict –

Firstly I would like to congratulate Steve Coogan for his role. He is just as good as a serious dramatic actor, as he is a comedien.

The story was touching in so many ways, being a true story of fear, loss and discovery made viewing even more exciting and at the same time tremendously upsetting.


We live in scary times now in a world filled with good and evil. The past was pretty much the same, as evil can come in many different forms. But next to every act of terror or evil, there will always be someone there willing to help.

Philomena is now available on dvd.

I also look forward to reading the book the movie was based on – The Lost Child of Philomena Lee; by Martin Sixsmith.