Last year, I challenged myself tp read more books. This is how I did it, and how you can do it too...
There's just three weeks to go until the publication of 'The End of Men', and I've been telling everyone who'll listen about this fantastic new novel! You can read my review here. Check out this trailer (turns out it's not just me who's been raving about it!) https://videopress.com/v/VRXBhnLG?controls=false&preloadContent=metadata Video provided by The Borough Press
A SPELLBINDING DEBUT NOVEL SET BETWEEN WW2 AND CONTEMPORARY MALAYSIA Mary is a difficult grandmother for Durga to love. She is sharp-tongued and ferocious, with more demons than there are lines on her palms. When Durga visits her in rural Malaysia, she only wants to endure Mary, and the dark memories home brings, for as … Continue reading Audiobook review of ‘Fragile Monsters’ by Catherine Menon
5th August 1957. The island of Spinalonga closes its leper colony. And a moment of violence has devastating consequences. When time stops dead for Maria Petrakis and her sister, Anna, two families splinter apart and, for the people of Plaka, the closure of Spinalonga is forever coloured with tragedy. In the aftermath, the question of … Continue reading Book Review: ‘One August Night’ by Victoria Hislop
This weekly challenge is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. All you need to do to participate is to answer these three questions: What are you currently reading?What have you recently finished reading?What will you be reading next? What I’m currently reading I’ve just enjoyed an hour in the bath reading … Continue reading WWW Wednesday – Wednesday, 7th April 2021
As a teacher of secondary school English, I try to read as much YA fiction as I can. Actually, that's not quite true... I love to read YA fiction and use my job as justification to read loads of it! Teenagers are a very discerning bunch when it comes to fiction - if they are … Continue reading Book Review of ‘Harrow Lane’ by Kat Ellis
I discovered Lisa Jewell earlier this year, and devoured 'The Family Upstairs' and 'The House We Grew Up In'. This latest novel did not disappoint. It's got the usual domestic setting, and beautifully-drawn characters, and some great twists and turns that leave you guessing until the last page. I really like Lisa Jewell's depiction of … Continue reading Book Review of ‘Invisible Girl’ by Lisa Jewell
This is a piece that I wrote a few years ago. The scariest thing about it is that it is all true!
We've just stepped into April, the sun is shining, and it's time for a round-up of last month's reading... TitleAuthorDate PublishedFormatMy rating out of 5Link to my review The PearlJohn Steinbeck1947Audiobook4I Found YouLisa Jewell2017Audiobook5Marion Lane and the Midnight MurderT.A. Willberg2020Ebook2Read my reviewThe Valley of Lost SecretsLesley Parr2021Audiobook4The Distant HoursKate Morton2010Hardback4The Martian ChroniclesRay Bradbury1950Audiobook3Circus of WondersElizabeth … Continue reading What I read in March 2021
They only want a kindness, but beware, for if you have no coin, they will curse you black and blue. 1620s Lancashire. Away from the village lies a small hamlet, abandoned since the Plague, where only one family dwells amongst its ruins. Young Sarah Haworth, her mother, brother and little sister Annie are a family … Continue reading Audiobook review: ‘Cunning Women’ by Elizabeth Lee