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’
Despite the Falling Snow by Shamim Sarif (2003)
I was kindly invited to take part in the blog tour for the new edition of this book and am very glad I accepted. The new edition was published to tie in with the new 2016 film adaptation. Despite the Falling Snow takes place in 1990s Boston and 1950s Russia, moving deftly between the two… Continue reading Despite the Falling Snow by Shamim Sarif (2003)
“Never trust your secrets to a Raven, when you are not its true master…”
After finishing The Silent Woman I was at a loss as to what to read next and so I did what I usually do in that situation, which is to choose a few books that appeal and read the beginnings of each of them, read the blurbs over and over, and choose which one to commit… Continue reading “Never trust your secrets to a Raven, when you are not its true master…”
Top 5 Books of 2014… So Far!
Already we have reached the sun of the year, the hot nights and outdoor lunchtimes that tell us it’s summer. Already it is July! We are about half way through 2014, and so it is a good time to look back at the year so far and assess what we’ve done, what we liked and… Continue reading Top 5 Books of 2014… So Far!
WWW Wednesday: I’m finally joining in with a meme!
WWW Wednesday is the brainchild of 'MizB' over at Should Be Reading. Every Wednesday loads of book bloggers join in and I've enjoyed reading their posts, so thought I would finally get involved. The rules are very simple: all you have to do is answer three questions. What are you currently reading? What did you… Continue reading WWW Wednesday: I’m finally joining in with a meme!
The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin
Having recently read Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great and not having read My Last Duchess (Daisy Goodwin's first novel), I was not sure what to expect with The Fortune Hunter. The blurb promised the unhappy glamour of the life of Sisi, Empress of Austria, coupled with the excitement of English fox… Continue reading The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin
The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith
Happy Easter! / I’m Back!
Hello all, my apologies for being a bit quiet of late. I have just got back from holiday in Ireland (so many amazing photos! - coming soon), so I am rather behind on things. In fact I have read three books in the last couple of weeks and need to write about all of them!… Continue reading Happy Easter! / I’m Back!
Interview with Katherine Clements, author of The Crimson Ribbon
Katherine Clements' debut novel The Crimson Ribbon was published by Headline on 27th March. I reviewed the book just after publication, having read it earlier in the year, and I must say I loved it. An historical novel with a bit of a Sarah Waters 'romp' feel, laced together with intelligent exploration of the sociopolitical… Continue reading Interview with Katherine Clements, author of The Crimson Ribbon
The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements
Katherine Clements takes the real life figure of Elizabeth Poole, and transforms her into her own character in The Crimson Ribbon. Poole was known during her life time (1622 - post 1668) as a religious activist and later as some sort of prophet. Though she began as a tailor's daughter her religious belief grew and she… Continue reading The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements