Hot under the collar with Hot Little Hands

It’s hard to know what to write about Hot Little Hands.  The blurb on the back of the book promises that it ‘contains nine funny, confronting and pitch-perfect stories about stumbling on the fringes of innocence’.  Yes, there are nine stories; and yes, they are confronting; but no, they are not funny. Definitely, not funny.

The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion

As I read this book, I could imagine myself crushed up in seat 38C, with my economy overhead light on, engines rumbling in my ears, my eyes scratchy, skin dry, and still 7 hours to go as we pass across Singapore.  The Rosie Effect is just the sort of book you want for a long haul flight. It’s humourous, has a plot, some endearing characters and isn’t overly taxing.  It would similarly suit a lounge chair in the sun or a short hospital stay.  This isn’t damning by faint praise – not every book has its place, but I’m clear that this one does.