I’m probably the last book blogger (at least in the UK, who likes this sort of thing, etc…) to read this book. The hype around Sally Rooney has been quite something, and I often have mixed feelings about hype. Often with “popular” novelists, especially female ones, I find that the novels that get the most… Continue reading Conversations with Friends (2017) by Sally Rooney
Hello readers! As you may have noticed I have been completely absent from the blog, Twitter, and Instagram for a little while - and this is because my baby was born in mid-August and only now am I managing to take a few minutes to update things! (And I’ll have to be quick as he… Continue reading Life update! Sept 2019
Hello dear readers! As I mentioned in my first post of the year, I'm pregnant and this is taking up pretty much all of my time and energy at the moment, so I've haven't posted since March... but I am going on maternity leave at the end of May so I will have some time… Continue reading An update – May 2019
Hello dear readers! As you may have noticed, I have been very quiet on here recently, but I am glad to say that I am now back for 2019. My last posts in November 2018 were about the Young Writer of the Year Award, for which I was on the shadow panel. I kept meaning… Continue reading Back again for 2019!
Regular readers will know that I love the work of Shirley Jackson. In 2015 I read and loved her novel The Haunting of Hill House, so I was very intrigued when I heard that there would be a Netflix series based on it. It's been adapted into a film before, in 1963 and 1999, so… Continue reading The Haunting of Hill House (2018) on Netflix
i was going to write and publish a book review today, but i realised it wasn't really what i wanted to post right now. i know this is a book blog, but for me it's also very personal. it is my life in books. books are right at the heart of me. but recently books… Continue reading hello september! an update
I read a lot of books, but I also read a lot of other stuff that doesn't require quite so much concentration and/or time. A lot of this is book reviews and blog posts, but it varies. Here is what I have been reading recently: Fern Riddell's article on History Today - Sanitising the Suffragettes:… Continue reading Things I’m reading that aren’t books
Hello dear readers - as you may have noticed, the blog has been rather quiet of late. I had a total reading slump leading up to Christmas, though I did manage to finish one book at the end of December (Miss Jane by Brad Watson) which I will review at some point. I'm currently reading… Continue reading An Update
Many years ago I worked as a bookseller for Borders and I have to admit that the true crime section was not one that I thought of as full of ‘literature’. All the books had sensational covers with big red letters and bad photographs. They were small fat books that didn't get many visitors, and while I… Continue reading In Praise Of: True Crime
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.… Continue reading Can We Take a Minute to Appreciate the New Maggie O’Farrell Hardback?!