Publishing in September 2021, is 'The Magician', a new book by Colm Tóibín, author of many, many books including 'Brooklyn' and 'Nora Webster'. This is a largely fictional, yet meticulously researched, account of the life of Thomas Mann, the Nobel Prize-winning German author of 'Death in Venice' and 'The Magic Mountain'. The story begins with … Continue reading Book review of ‘The Magician’ by Colm Tóibín
One of the most anticipated sequels of the year!
Review of a lovely new romance set in the Tuscan countryside.
What parent doesn’t want the best for their child? What parent doesn’t sometimes feel overwhelmed by the responsibility? What parent doesn’t respond to offers to be guided, helped and offered the best for their child? When Claudia finds that her four-year-old son, Henry, is being ‘difficult’ at nursery, she’s embarrassed and ashamed, thinking that her … Continue reading Book review of ‘The Hawthorne School’ by Sylvie Perry
Considering that I’ve been enjoying the summer break from teaching for the last three weeks, I haven’t really done too much reading in July, as I’ve been trying to get some writing done. I’ve been fortunate in getting the opportunity to read some fabulous ARCs this month. ‘A Line to Kill’ is the third in … Continue reading July Reading Round-up
I’ve been lucky enough to read some really gripping crime novels this year, and ‘How to Kill your Family’ is another great read. In this darkly sarcastic novel, the serial killer tells you all about their inventive killing spree as though you’re their best friend, and their chatty narrative makes you forget that there’s anything … Continue reading Book review of ‘How to Kill your Family’ by Bella Mackie
There has never been a murder on Alderney… Well, there has now! In the third of his Hawthorne series, Anthony Horowitz once again places himself as a character in this novel. This time, the pair are attending a literary conference on the island of Alderney, along with an eclectic selection of other writers - a … Continue reading Book Review of ‘A Line to Kill’ by Anthony Horowitz
I read 9 books in June, which isn’t bad considering that I had a huge workload this month. I’ve had a break from my own writing this month, so I’ve read some middle-grade books instead: ‘The Secret Detectives’, ‘A Glasshouse of Stars’ and ‘Between Sea and Sky’. I enjoyed all of them! I’ve read a … Continue reading What I’ve been reading: June 2021
‘The First Day of Spring’ is published today - 24th June 2021. Well, in the world of crime thrillers, this really is something different! When I say different… Chrissie is eight years old. On page one, you find out that she’s killed another child. Okay, so it turns out that it was all a mistake, … Continue reading Book review of ‘The First Day of Spring’ by Nancy Tucker
‘A Glasshouse of Stars’ is a sensitively written, dreamlike tale of Meixing who, along with her family, is a recent immigrant from ‘Old Land’ to ‘New Land’. Her newly-inherited house, ‘Big Scary’, becomes a world of childhood imagination and a safe place away from the racism and bullying that she encounters in the New Land. … Continue reading Review of ‘A Glasshouse of Stars’ by Shirley Marr