Looking back on the books of 2016

This is another overdue blog post, but one that I've really been looking forward to writing. I read 31 books in 2016, of varying quality, but overall it was a good reading year. I tried to branch out, accepting a total of eight review copies from publishers - which is a lot for me these… Continue reading Looking back on the books of 2016

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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’

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 Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

After last week's Maggie-fest, I went home, picked up my copy of The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, and read it in two days. It's not very long, and my copy has quite wide set print, but I read it so quickly mostly because it was compulsive. It is, simply, an amazing book. Examined once… Continue reading The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

Maggie O’Farrell Fever: The Heatwave Is Here!

This week sees the publication of the first book from Tinder Press, which is very exciting in itself; what's even more exciting (I know) is the fact that it is the new novel by the much-loved Maggie O'Farrell. Instructions for a Heatwave is her sixth novel and the first of hers that I have read,… Continue reading Maggie O’Farrell Fever: The Heatwave Is Here!

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