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Book reviews: Patti Boulaye's autobiography and more

GOLDEN MOMENTS: If you're looking for a book to get lost in, we have just the thing

THE ART of killing time otherwise spent on a silent, grey train is truly incomplete without a good book in tow.

Slotting in some down-time and escaping to another world, even if the escape is brief; can be a high-point for many during the working day.

Here are a selection of some outstanding titles, from the desk of our Entertainment Editor Joel Campbell:

Phantasmagoria – Unseen Stimuli, by Nash David

This novel centres around the challenges faced by a black nurse, a first generation immigrant to the UK. The nurse works in a medium secure forensic hospital, where bullying and targeting are the order of the day. Author Nash David says it’s a narrative many in the industry will be familiar with.

An Ounce of Practice, by Leo Zeiling

Set between London and Harare in the present day, the novel follows a group of quasi-revolutionaries who are fighting against Robert Mugabe’s dictatorship. It is a novel about hope, fear and failure, and how fighting for an all-consuming cause can forge some relationships but ruin others.

The Faith Of A Child: Autobiography of Patti Boulaye OBE

A truly original talent from Africa, she blazed a trail for other black performers in the British entertainment industry. The book is about the remarkable life of a child born in a taxi in Nigeria and her life’s journey.

Tropical Bay, by Rockelle Joseph

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Set in present-day Jamaica, this intriguing story follows two sisters and their journey into adulthood. Mya struggles with intimate relationships and becomes involved with the tumultuous Mark Wayne. Her sister Adrianna, on the other hand, appears to go from success to success.

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