Book review: Batavia’s Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny, by Mike Dash, 2002

In 1629 the Dutch East Indian merchantman, Batavia, foundered on a reef, Houtman’s Abrolhos, off the coast of West Australia. Most of the crew and passengers survived the wreck, and escaped onto the bare coral atolls that offered them little shelter and no fresh water. The captain set off in a longboat to find help,Continue reading “Book review: Batavia’s Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny, by Mike Dash, 2002”

Book review: In the Kitchen by Monica Ali, 2009

Some novels are just difficult to get into. I am not thinking of the wilfully obscure novels, where you are never sure what is going on, and picking up a narrative thread is a challenge in itself. I have in mind novels where not a vast amount happens, where the characters are not that engaging,Continue reading “Book review: In the Kitchen by Monica Ali, 2009”