I decided to write about both these books in one post for several reasons. They share obvious themes for one, and they complement each other in that one is written by a free German woman, an ‘ordinary citizen’, and the other is written by a Jewish German woman who spent the war in hiding. They… More Tales of Survival: A Woman in Berlin and Gone to Ground
I’m focusing purely on reading at the moment, and I know it’ll be a week or so until my next review – so in the meantime I thought I’d share a ‘preview’ of what’s coming up, both in my reading and here on the blog. I am about to finish reading the third book in… More Upcoming reads and reviews
As you can tell I am steaming ahead with the Lady Trent series! I finished book one, A Natural History of Dragons, and went straight into book two – The Tropic of Serpents. This one is set three years after book two, and Isabella is on another foreign expedition to study dragons. This time she… More The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan
I do indeed. Specifically for my feminism/women reading list. I have recently compiled reading lists of the books I most want to read out of the huge list I have on GoodReads, and realised that I actually don’t have that many on feminism/women/gender. This is an area that I find fascinating and I feel like… More I Need Recommendations!
I generally read ‘literary’ or historical fiction, and I’ve wanted to reach out into more genre fiction for a while. While browsing in Waterstones a few weeks ago I wandered with my boyfriend up to the sci fi/fantasy section, and came across the Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan. Lady Trent is a ‘dragon naturalist’… More Exploring genres with A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
In short, Her Father’s Daughter is another amazing little book from Peirene. If you are a child of divorce, like me, you will recognise at least some of the emotions and scenarios in this book. There are moments and situations that will make your heart stop; things you recognise that you hoped you had forgotten.… More Her Father’s Daughter by Marie Sizun (tr. Adriana Hunter)
This post is part of the blog tour for Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew – be sure to check out the other posts! I was very glad to be offered a review copy of this book. The Little Brown website describes it as ‘tender and savage’ and this is certainly true –… More Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew by Susan Fletcher: blog tour review plus Q&A with the author
There’s a chance you’re aware that Maggie O’Farrell has a new novel out – I may have mentioned it. She is doing a series of events promoting the books, one of which was a talk at Blackwell’s in Oxford with Sarah Franklin. I hadn’t organised myself to get hold of a ticket, but then my… More Maggie O’Farrell at Blackwell’s, Oxford
Just a quick note to say I am now an affiliate for the amazing Wordery! I shop there quite a bit as I don’t always have time to get to Waterstone’s or Blackwell’s and I refuse to buy books from Amazon – and Wordery are just as efficient, have a wide selection of books, and… More New Affiliate Announcement: Wordery.com!
I recently reviewed Maggie O’Farrell’s new book This Must Be The Place, after the publisher kindly sent me a lovely review copy. It was a very attractive review copy, but my hardback copy arrived today from Wordery, and my goodness it is beautiful. Whoever came up with and executed its design deserves all the awards.… More Can We Take a Minute to Appreciate the New Maggie O’Farrell Hardback?!