Book review of ‘Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter’ by Lizzie Pook

In this novel, we find ourselves in Western Australia in 1886. Eliza Brightwell has been living with her family at Bannin Bay since their arrival when she was ten years old. Ten years later, and Eliza’s eccentric father has become a successful and respected captain of a pearl-diving boat. When the boat returns after months … Continue reading Book review of ‘Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter’ by Lizzie Pook

Book Review of ‘The Twyford Code’ by Janice Hallett

Summary It’s time to solve the murder of the century. Forty years ago, Steven Smith found a copy of a famous children’s book by disgraced author Edith Twyford, its margins full of strange markings and annotations. Wanting to know more, he took it to his English teacher Miss Iles, not relaising the chain of events … Continue reading Book Review of ‘The Twyford Code’ by Janice Hallett

First Page Friday: ‘Madame Bovary’ by Gustavo Flaubert

I’ve got something a bit different for you today, a classic novel that I suspect that not that many people have read - ‘Madame Bovary’. It’s a relatively slim volume, and yet Flaubert took five years to complete it, writing for twelve hours a day. Supposedly inspired by a real-life scandal, ‘Madame Bovary’ is a … Continue reading First Page Friday: ‘Madame Bovary’ by Gustavo Flaubert