Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge (Original idea from Rosie Amber at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/) To join in read the rules at the bottom. This week I searched for a book using the word East.  This brought up books using East End or East Anglia in their titles and of course East of Eden by John Steinbeck,Continue reading “#FridayFiveChallenge”

Danger at Thatcham Hall by Frances Evesham

Olivia Martin, impetuous 19 year old heroine of “Danger at Thatcham Hall” shares many characteristics with Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett.  She is forthright and courageous and too intelligent to fall in love with every handsome young man she meets. Early in the first chapter, Olivia finds herself marooned in the alien world of “the Countryside”Continue reading “Danger at Thatcham Hall by Frances Evesham”

The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw

I came to this book with memories of travelling through Malaya during the 1960s when it was very different to the modern Kuala Lumpur of today.  The miles and miles of rubber plantations, occasionally interrupted by small kampongs, were very atmospheric and so I was ready to be disappointed by a modern writer’s attempt toContinue reading “The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw”