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

Best of 2012: After Such Kindness by Gaynor Arnold

In August I wrote my first review for Fiction Uncovered (my only so far but there will hopefully be more!) - the book in question was After Such Kindness by Gaynor Arnold. I hadn't heard of it until Fiction Uncovered sent it to me, and I'm so glad they did. The novel is 'inspired by… Continue reading Best of 2012: After Such Kindness by Gaynor Arnold

Best of 2012: When Nights Were Cold by Susanna Jones

I've decided not to write about my best books of 2012 in any sort of order - though I have one or two that stand out as favourites I've decided not to do a Top 10, or to write chronologically. However, by chance, the first book in my Best of 2012 series was published in… Continue reading Best of 2012: When Nights Were Cold by Susanna Jones

Instructions For A Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

Instructions For A Heatwave is the sixth novel from the extremely popular Maggie O'Farrell, one of the titles from new imprint Tinder Press, and the first of her books I have read. O'Farrell was yet another one of those authors I had always heard good things about but for some reason had never actually read. To… Continue reading Instructions For A Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

Impromptu visit to see Neil Gaiman at The Cambridge Theatre

While I finish off my review of Freshta I thought I'd share with you the pictures I managed to take on Monday night. Now, I'm currently an intern at Duckworth Publishers, and my boss Jamie had a ticket for Monday night, but was too ill to go, so very kindly gave it to me. This… Continue reading Impromptu visit to see Neil Gaiman at The Cambridge Theatre

Interview with Emma Chapman

Emma Chapman's debut novel How To Be A Good Wife will be published on 3rd January 2013 by Picador, and is already creating a lot of 'buzz' and excitement. I reviewed the novel earlier in the week and now here is my interview with Emma. Enjoy! Firstly, congratulations on the book, it really is excellent!… Continue reading Interview with Emma Chapman

The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson

Firstly, this book needed/needs more publicity. What's going on Random House? It was published in August and I came across it by chance - and it's Jeanette Winterson! Jeanette bloody Winterson! AND it's published in association with Hammer, who are super famous for their classic horror films (and a few more modern things too). You'd… Continue reading The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson

Moranthology by Caitlin Moran

ADDENDUM 30/06/2014: Please note that I was young and impressionable when I wrote this review. Now, older and wiser, my opinion of Caitlin Moran has changed somewhat. Since Moranthology was published and I have read more of her work as well as more of the things she has said in the press, I have come… Continue reading Moranthology by Caitlin Moran