Wednesday, 29 November 2017

#BookReview: The Fantastical Flights Of Emilia Gate by Louise M.Hart

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Title: The Fantastical Flights Of Emilia Gate
Author: Louis M. Hart
Publisher: Olympia Publishers London
Published on: 25th April 2017
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 106
ISBN: 9781848978652


The fantastical Flights of Emilia Gate is the first work of young adult fiction written by acclaimed author and poet, Louise M.Hart. Emilia Gate is twelve year old. When her mother becomes seriously unwell and is admitted to hospital. Emilia is sent to the Children's Home. Unhappy she and an older boy flee to London. There she meet an array of villains and eccentrics, including the despicable Faggit. Follow Emilia's adventures in this page turning novel, which references Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist.Will she be reunited with her mother or she is doomed to perish in London's frightening underground?


The cover page of the short novel The Fantastical Flights of Emilia Gate is very simple and subtle. It is in pastel blue colour having the image of twelve year old Emilia and her cat Linus.The cover page is very relevant with the story and is really simple and sweet. The title of the novel and the author's name is written in capitals with red ink. I really loved this sweet cover.


The Fantastical Flights of Emilia Gate revolves around a twelve year old Emilia Gate. The book is written in a very simple language is in first person from the point of view of the protagonist Emilia. It is a hundred page novel in which the author has described the events really well and is fast paced page turner novel. The author has raised the issue of mental illness and has tried to create awareness about it through the book. The emotions are very well portrayed and specially the emotion of a daughter being away from her mother. There are a lot of twists and turns in the novel and it keeps the reader in suspense till the end. All the characters are really well developed and I really liked Emilia's character.The way the relation between mother and daughter and the relation between a master and a pet is shown is very beautiful. And the way the book is penned down a lot of events can be visualized making it all the more interesting to read.  I really liked the way author has mentioned about Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. Overall, the book is really amazing filled with twists and adventure. I read a children's fiction after a so long and I loved it. I would recommend this book to everyone.

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Louise M.Hart lives in the West Midlands with her muse, a black cat, Linus.She studied B.A.(Hons.) degree in Philosophy and English at the University of North London and enjoys listening to music and art. She often performs poetry and enjoys reading with audiences about her work. The Fantastical flights Of Emilia Gate is her second published novel and her first foray into writing young adult fiction. 

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

#BookReview: Sing,Unburied,Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Title: Sing,Unburied,Sing 
Author: Jesmyn Ward
Publication Date: 1st October 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing 
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781408891032


Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children’s father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother, but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use.
When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.
Rich with Ward’s distinctive, lyrical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first century America. It is a majestic new work from an extraordinary and singular author.


The National Book Award winning book Sing,Unburied,Sing by Jesmyn Ward has a beautiful cover. The cover page of the book is black in colour. The title of the book is written in capitals with white colour. The way the cover page is made is amazing. It really feels good to lay hands on it. The author's name is written on the cover page in Grey colour. Overall, the cover page is beautiful and attractive. It is designed by David Mann.


Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward is a book which will tear your heart. It is one of the most heart wrenching book that I've read. The major characters of the book are Jojo, Leonie, Pop, Micheal and Given. A beautifully penned down book in different point of views of Jojo, Leonie and Richie. The language of the book is simple and is like a fluid is flowing. A poignant story which made me cry, smile and scared because a lot of ghosts visit from the past. The book portrays different relationships in the family and I really admire the relationship of Jojo and Pop. It portrayed a totally different relation of a mother and a son which I can never imagine. The book consists of different emotions that a person goes through in different stages of life such as grief, loss, abuse and various others and the way the emotions are portrayed and penned down by the author is marvelous. The first few chapters are a bit slow but after that the story is so gripping that I wasn't able to keep it down. There are so many events which are so well described that makes the story so interesting and engaging. All the characters are well developed and I really liked the conversations that Jojo had with Richie. Overall, the book is  heart wrenching, captivating and a book filled with suspense and is one of the best book I've read this year. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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Jesmyn Ward received her MFA from the University of Michigan. Shehas been a Wallace Stagner Fellow and a John and Renee Grisham writer in Residence and is currently an associate professor of Creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage The Bones, which won 2011 National Book Award and was the finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She is also the editor of the New York times bestselling anthology The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About The Race and author of the memoir Men We Reaped. 

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

#BookReview: Battling Injustice 16 Women Nobel Peace Laureates by Supriya Vani

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Title: Battling Injustice 16 Women Peace Laureates 
Author: Supriya Vani 
Published On: 24th October 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers India 
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9789351778332


Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala Yousafzai, Tawakkol Karman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, Shirin Ebadi – these women and others like them shaped the history of their peoples through their fight against political persecution, social deprivation and gender discrimination. The Nobel Peace Prize memorializes their achievements and courage and ability to inspire hope in others. Through the life portraits of sixteen women Nobel Peace laureates, peace activist and journalist Supriya Vani argues that the fate of the world is inextricably tied to the emancipation of women and that the cause of world peace urgently requires women leaders.


The cover page of the book is very simple and heartwarming. It is in white colour having an image of the Bird of Peace at the top. The title and the author's name is imprinted in maroon and golden colours. Overall, a very decent and attractive cover page. 


Battling Injustice 16 Women Nobel Peace Laureates is an authentic record of women's cultural history, told through the lives of some of the most remarkable women since modernity. The Foreword for the book is by Kailash Satyarthi,Indian activist and a Nobel Peace prize Laureate. Supriya Vani in the book  gives the detailed descriptions of 16 Women Nobel peace Laureates such as Malala Yousafzai, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Shirin Ebadi, Mother Teresa, Aung San Suu Kyi, and various others.

Supriya Vani is a peace activist and an international Journalist and these stories are a result of her six years painstaking research and many interviews, just to show how much is there to learn from these laureates. The author gives life stories of these laureates and the various problems they faced while working for the betterment of the society. The book is written in a very simple language and in such a manner that the reader can easily get attached to it. There are pictures of the laureates as well as their famous sayings or quotes. I really liked the personal notes that the author has written towards the end of each Laureate.

Overall, there is so much to learn from these brave women who have worked so much for the community. I usually don't read non fiction as I am more of a fiction reader but the title of the book itself dragged me to read this and know about these brave hearts. I was not known about the conditions through which they went through and how they worked but through this book I got to know so much about them. An amazing piece of work which not only gives learning but also inspire to do something remarkable for the world. I thank the author Supriya Vani for this inspiring and encouraging book.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone. 

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' When the whole world is silent Even one voice becomes powerful.'
                                                 - Malala Yousafzai

' We have a long long way to go. So let us hasten along the road. The road of human tenderness and generosity.' - Emily Greene Balche 

' It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.'
                                                - Aung San Suu Kyi

' We can work together for a better worldwith men and women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind.' 
                                               - Wangari Maathai 


Supriya Vani is a Human Rights defender, an International Journalist and an author. She has interviewed a galaxy of Nobel Peace Laureates and her motive is to inspire people to work for peace. She is also the advisory board member of The Hague Justice Portal and The Peace, Justice and Security Foundation in the Hague.

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Jeffrey Archer is back


ISBN 9781509867769 ǀ Fiction > Short Stories ǀ Macmillan ǀ Rs 399 ǀ 288pp ǀ PB ǀ B Format

Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, Jeffrey Archer returns with his eagerly awaited collection of short stories, Tell Tale, giving us a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people he has met, the stories he has come across and the countries he has visited during the past ten years.

Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to find out ‘Who Killed the Mayor?’ and the pretentious schoolboy in ‘The Road to Damascus’, whose discovery of the origins of his father’s wealth changes his life in the most profound way.

Revel in the stories of the woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League university during the 1930s in ‘A Gentleman and a Scholar’, and another young woman who thumbs a lift and gets more than she bargained for in ‘A Wasted Hour’.

These wonderfully engaging and always refreshingly original tales prove not only why Archer has been compared to Dahl and Maugham, but why he was described by The Times as ‘probably the greatest storyteller of our age’.

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‘If there was a Nobel prize for storytelling, Archer would win’ Daily Telegraph

‘The short story has always been Jeffrey Archer’s strong suit and here he grips you quickly, puts you on the scent of a mystery, and moves you towards a charming moment of revelation’ The Scotsman

‘Stylish, witty and constantly entertaining . . . Jeffrey Archer has a natural aptitude for short stories’ The Times

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