Miss J. M. Austin

Helpful votes received on reviews: 63% (113 of 179)
Location: Surrey, UK
In My Own Words:
I am a bok lover and non fiction writer from Surrey in south east England and an active member of several reading forums. At the beginning of 2011 I made the decision to undertake the Reading Around the World Book Challenge whereby you have to read at least one book set in (and preferably written by someone who was born) in each country of the world. Since the number of countries seems to be chang… Read more

ancient mysteries, spirituality reading, writing and walking.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 13,715 - Total Helpful Votes: 113 of 179
My Name Is Salma by Fadia Faqir
My Name Is Salma by Fadia Faqir
This beautiful written and finely crafted work details the life of Salma, a Bedouin woman born into an extreme patriarchal society, where honour killings are the norm. When she commits the crime of not only falling in love, but also becoming pregnant outside of wedlock the man walks away scot free while she is forced to flee, initially to prison, the only real place of safety in order to have her child. Once she is born, her daughter is immediately taken from her. Salma though stays in prison for her own safety, eventually being forced again for her safety across the border to Lebanon and later to the UK, where she finds safety in a hostel for other women fleeing for various reasons… Read more
The Balkan Odyssey: Travels around the former Yugo&hellip by Jason Smart
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I love books like this, as they a nice quick and easy read on a subject that I love (travel), presenting an opportunity to cover several possibly difficult to find countries in one book for the Around the World Reading Challenge. Smart has written a whole series of books on his adventures around the world, and they are all very well priced at no more than £3.99 each. I suspect I shall end up reading every single one of them.

I enjoyed his witty writing, detailing a whistle stop tour of the former Yugoslavia, not forgetting of course Albania, which had to be included as Smart and his travelling companion Michael had to travel through Albania to get to some of the other countries… Read more
São Tome: Journey to the Abyss--Portugal's Stolen &hellip by Paul D. Cohn
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When I started the Around the World Reading Challenge at the beginning of 2012 I knew there would be some countries that would be more difficult to find books for that others, and I fully expected the small island nation of Sao Tome et Principe to be one of them. I thought from the name that this was a French speaking island and former French colony, but learnt that it was actually Portuguese - Sao Tome means St Thomas in Portuguese. I found this book simply by going to Amazon and searching for Sao Tome and up it popped. It was not the cheapest I have read this year, but so far is most definitely the best. Every once in a while a book comes along that is so unexpected and so different that… Read more

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