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Review of The Fourth Estate by Jeffrey Archer

One of the best novels I’ve read in a long time.  It’s quite a fat read (just under 600 pages) but I managed to whizz through it in half of a week-long holiday in Mykonos.  A gripping tale and it doesn’t take too much imagination to pinpoint who the hero and anti-hero are based on!  Or maybe antagonist and protagonist would be more accurate terms for describing the two newspaper barons depicted in The Fourth Estate.  If you want a real insight into how the media operates and how the news is created – er recorded – you could do worse than read this book.  I had no idea how gifted a storyteller Jeffrey Archer is until I read it.  His time in politics was clearly not wasted, even if it only meant that he observed a great deal about the media machine!  I wonder if his other books are as enthralling; I particularly liked the subject matter in this one.  And if you’ve come across The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho you might even find a few echoes of that in here (no, really!). Archer manages to evoke sympathy for deeply flawed characters and never fails to shock in style.


Review – Branching Out

Anything with a possible tree of life on the cover is worth a second look!

Bonnie Cehovet

Branching Out

Author: Noreen Jameson
Artist: Noreen Jameson
Independently Published
ISBN #978-1-105-77879-7

Branching Out cover

“Branching Out” is the fifth in a series of books by Noreen Jameson. Noreen is a metaphysician, healer, and Druid – her books deal with empowering ourselves, and becoming authentic people. I cannot recommend them highly enough! The first three books in this series (“Petals of the R.O.S.E.”, “Wells of Wisdom”, and “Whispers … I know …”) were meant to act as the “roots” of an all-encompassing Tree. Her fourth book, “Lifescapes”, was meant to act as the trunk of the Tree. In the fifth book, “Branching Out”, there is an expansion of previous information, along with new “buds” of information being presented. What we are seeing here is the highly esoteric (IMHO) being brought down to an everyday understanding.

What will you find in this book? A ton of information, that’s what! Okay, to be more…

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