Coal Black Mornings – April Book Club

April Book Club on line here at Roe River Books is Coal Black Mornings by Brett Anderson. The first volume of a memoir by the lead singer of Suede, it’s been described as  “fascinating . . . gorgeously written” and, ” most certainly not just for the fan club” (Guardian). Coal Black Mornings is as…

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant and her creator Gail Honeyman It’s April and our time here with Eleanor Oliphant is almost up. It’s been emotional, life with Eleanor wasn’t easy. Let’s face it she’s eccentric to say the least, but we’ve survived. Most of you probably won’t need a review of the book as an awful lot of…

Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine

I remember learning at school that the narrator of a novel in first person should neither be, this nor that,  but a blank canvas on which we can paint an image of ourselves on to the page. Gail Honeyman’s narrator and key character of her debut novel is no blank canvas. She is extremely idiosyncratic…

Book Club – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

It’s been a bit quiet here in the on line book club for the last few months. Having finally struggled through January it’s time to announce our first on line Book Club choice of 2019 and we’ve decided to start the year with Elenanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It was the winner…

Notes to Self

At times, whilst reading Emilie Pine’s ‘Notes to Self’, I felt a bit like I was rudely perusing a mate’s diary. I wondered why she had chosen to write and publish these extremely personal essays and then I thought back to a quote from Joan Didion’s ‘On Keeping a Notebook’ where she questions her own…