Review: The State We’re In by Adele Parks

This is the first Adele Parks book that I have read; her work has always seemed a bit too 'chick lit' for me and I was never attracted. Headline very kindly sent me a review copy of The State We're In, and there's a lot of buzz around it, so I thought it was worth… Continue reading Review: The State We’re In by Adele Parks

Congratulations Ros Barber!

I know I'm a bit late here but I just wanted to say a massive congratulations to Ros Barber and to her publishers Sceptre for her verse novel (is that the right phrase?) The Marlowe Papers winning the Desmond Elliott Prize for Debut Fiction 2013. There's a great website all about the book here, and… Continue reading Congratulations Ros Barber!

Interview with Katerina Cosgrove: Part Two

Here is the second half of my interview with Katerina Cosgrove, author of Bone Ash Sky (see my review here). We talked about how conflicts and opposing beliefs can affect personal relationships, and how really we are all more similar than we are different. This interview was transcribed and edited from an audio recording so… Continue reading Interview with Katerina Cosgrove: Part Two

Interview with Katerina Cosgrove: Part One

After reading her novel Bone Ash Sky, I was lucky enough to be invited to interview author Katerina Cosgrove at the offices of her publisher, Hardie Grant. Bone Ash Sky is Katerina's second novel and "is the story of an American journalist who goes home to unravel three generations of war and genocide, love and renewal,… Continue reading Interview with Katerina Cosgrove: Part One

Bone Ash Sky by Katerina Cosgrove

Like most people I hear about the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East on the news, and see them in the paper, and people's comments all over the internet. But am I really engaged with it? To be honest I never have been, as I have no personal connection to the Middle East and have… Continue reading Bone Ash Sky by Katerina Cosgrove

Leave of Absence by Tanya J. Peterson

This review is part of the blog tour for Tanya J. Peterson's new novel Leave of Absence, published in April this year by Inkwater Press. When Leave of Absence was offered to me by Inkwater Press,  it immediately appealed to me because of the subject matter. Author Tanya J. Peterson is a qualified counsellor and chose… Continue reading Leave of Absence by Tanya J. Peterson

In Which I Went to Scotland With A Boy Named Dan

Get ready for a non-book-related post... I had a truly amazing time in Scotland, despite our car hitting a huge rock in the road on the first day (it couldn't be avoided as a massive truck was coming towards us on a single lane road, so it was a choice between hitting the rock and… Continue reading In Which I Went to Scotland With A Boy Named Dan

Midnight in St. Petersburg by Vanora Bennett

At university I signed up for a course called Demonic Literature, and started doing some of the reading in the summer holidays. When term began, we were told the course had been cancelled - cue mass anger from English Lit students (i.e. ineffectual grumbling). I had already read and annotated over half of Dostoyevsky's Demons for… Continue reading Midnight in St. Petersburg by Vanora Bennett

The Desmond Elliott Prize for Debut Fiction 2013

This is the first year that I've followed the Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction, and I'm excited about it already. The longlist of ten debut novels (all have to be written in English and published in the UK) was announced on 25th April, and the shortlist will be announced on 23rd May. The winner… Continue reading The Desmond Elliott Prize for Debut Fiction 2013

2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Announced!

So here it is! The shortlist for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013. I had no idea how many would be chosen when I made my predictions, and luckily all those on the shortlist are ones I predicted would be! But like I said, I chose a very wide range of possible titles. Still quite… Continue reading 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Announced!