Tag Archives: Random House

Barbie Probert – Wright –Little Girl Lost

26 Aug

Little Girl Lost was an accidental read. Amongst my piles of books that had been passed onto me, one night having finished one novel, I just took the next one-off the pile and began reading. I had no idea I was embarking on a journey of two girls survival during World War 2 in the form of a memoir. Even more so, I had no idea I was reading about what happened to two ordinary German girls.

Maybe it is just me, but the stories I only ever hear/read/view from WW2 are those that involve the British sense of survival, sticking together, doing what has to be done, or the stories of the Jews fight for survival. I just want to say that I believe that it is right we hear what happened to the Jews, just as I think it is important for the British to know how important it was for everyone to unite (although my Grandmother had plenty to say that opposed the common view). however, when I realised what I had in my hands, I was slightly wary, I for one had not been told much about the Germans, I am not even sure I ever considered what had happened to the children.

I accept a certain naivety on this front, but lets face it, in a British classroom learning history the view is somewhat limited.

I can honestly say reading this text I went through a rollercoaster of emotions. Human kindness is very rarely discussed, as if we have some shame in being happy to help others, but this book really showed how much difference just a hug, a simple gesture of a glass of water, companionship can make to others. The bonds that tie us, our desires to do whatever is necessary not to just survive ourselves, but to make sure the stranger on the pavement survives also.

It wasn’t all kindness though. The strangers that turned two girls away during the night, refusing to offer a bed, the men that destroyed their possessions and raped the elder sister.

The book is mixed with encounters with various nationalities, including the German, British and American soldiers. It also talks about seeing men looking dazed at the roadside. It is with hindsight that the author can say it was the men recently released from the concentration camps.

This book is not an easy read, nor is it an actual account of the war. It is a memoir. A tale as seen through a childs eyes. It will make you smile, make you cry, scream and shout. It is extremely well written, and very sympathetic to all sides involved. Memoirs may not be your thing, but do give this a go. It really does make you realise the war images we see on TV are just one part of the story, I think we could all do with a reminder of that.

The Pelican Brief – John Grisham

23 Aug

When two Supreme Court Justices are murdered, law student Derby Shaw writes her own speculative brief. Unknowingly, she has come closer to the truth then she dared imagine. Passed onto the wrong hands by her boyfriend, he is shortly a victim of a bomb attack, intended for her.

On the run, Derby meets investigative reporter Gray Grantham. Hidden behind disguises, staying in countless hotels and cities, they must try to stay alive in the hope they can expose the truth.

With more twists and turns than a rollercoaster, this is another great novel by Grisham.

Arrow Publishing 1992

http://www.jgrisham.com/books/

The Firm – John Grisham

23 Aug

Mitch comes from an under privileged background. As a graduate of Harvard, he receives offers from various law firms across America. Finding himself at an interview with a firm he has never heard of, in a town he would never have considered, he is offered a contract beyond his wildest dreams.

Soon, his dream becomes a nightmare. With his office, home and car bugged, it looks as if there is no way out. Realising colleagues have been victims of murder, Mitch fears for not only his, but his family’s safety.

A slow starter, this novel will soon have you hooked, turning each page with expectation.

Random House 1991

http://www.jgrisham.com/books/

The Library of Shadows – Mikkel Birkegaard

19 Jul

I hate the way people feel the need to analyse literature. Oh the author was thinking this, the symbolic meaning….whatever!

Sorry that may offend many people. Actually I don’t care. Can the idea that it’s just a good story not be enough?

Right, it could be. Well what about the idea that each book gains strength when its read, each copy, not each story. The more thumbed the pages, the better. Extreme yes, but Birkegaard explores this with such intense strength that you can believe it.

What about the potential of the power that a reader, or those that listen can empower the text further?

No, I have not lost it. I am aware that this is fiction. Fantastic fiction at that. The idea that somehow a book has more to it many of us can identify with, why else do some texts stop you from being able to put them down?

To say more about this bestseller would be to ruin it for all. I know you want a breakdown of the story. To be honest, the blurb on the back does not justify the need to read this, and I am happy to say I couldn’t do it justice. However, if you don’t have a passion for books, don’t bother, I doubt you’d get it.

My suggestion: Make sure you have plenty of free time.

First Published 2007
Published by Random House Group 2009

http://authorsplace.co.uk/mikkel-birkegaard/