My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton has been included on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2016, and so understandably it’s quite popular at the moment generating a bit of hype. Almost every review I have read (both in newspapers/magazines and online) has been favourable, mentioning the beauty of the writing and the emotional depth… Continue reading My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

New Fiction: The Last Photograph by Emma Chapman

As some readers may know, I was a big fan of Emma Chapman's first novel How To Be A Good Wife. It was a taught thriller with wonderful characters and plotting, and though dark in subject matter it was a joy to read. Chapman's literary skills are similarly showcased in her new novel The Last… Continue reading New Fiction: The Last Photograph by Emma Chapman

Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O’Toole

I have read relatively little on feminism and gender since I left university, and so to that end I ordered myself a copy of Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O'Toole after seeing positive things about it on Twitter and various other blogs. It's a very appealing book - written by an academic but not… Continue reading Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O’Toole

Upcoming reads and reviews

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… Continue reading Upcoming reads and reviews

Her Father’s Daughter by Marie Sizun (tr. Adriana Hunter)

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.… Continue reading Her Father’s Daughter by Marie Sizun (tr. Adriana Hunter)

Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew by Susan Fletcher: blog tour review plus Q&A with the author

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 -… Continue reading Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew by Susan Fletcher: blog tour review plus Q&A with the author

Maggie O’Farrell at Blackwell’s, Oxford

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… Continue reading Maggie O’Farrell at Blackwell’s, Oxford

Can We Take a Minute to Appreciate the New Maggie O’Farrell Hardback?!

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?!

New Maggie O’Farrell! ‘This Must Be The Place’

I first started reading Maggie O'Farrell when the lovely Georgina Moore from Headline sent me a copy of her 2013 novel Instructions for a Heatwave. I fell in love with it and subsequently read two of O'Farrell's earlier novels (The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox and After You'd Gone). Now that I've read her brand… Continue reading New Maggie O’Farrell! ‘This Must Be The Place’

The Exclusives by Rebecca Thornton

I took a risk with this book - it was a review copy (something I am accepting less and less these days), and I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew there was a boarding school, and the lasting effects of female friendship, but that was it. The Exclusives is the story of Josephine and… Continue reading The Exclusives by Rebecca Thornton