Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung by Min Kym

This book was one of the few review copies I have been accepting recently, and I'm glad I decided to read and review it, because it's something a little different - but once I got into it I realised it actually is the sort of thing I like. Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life… Continue reading Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung by Min Kym

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (1962)

I had been wanting to read this for a while and finally got round to it last week... and it was just so brilliant. So weird. So good. Suffice to say, I gave it five stars on GoodReads. Even before reading I loved the premise, what I knew of it, and as with The Haunting… Continue reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (1962)

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

In my last post I mentioned that I had been away on holiday and therefore hadn't blogged in a while, but promised to be back soon. But then I got food poisoning and was off grid practically the whole week. Bloody perfect. So this is a delayed 'return' to the blog. Finally! It's been too… Continue reading Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Interview with Tanya J. Peterson

As part of the blog tour for her novel Leave of Absence, author Tanya J. Peterson agreed to answer a few questions about her work, and her motivations for writing about mental health and raising awareness. You can also read my review of Leave of Absence here. 1.  What was your inspiration for Leave of Absence?… Continue reading Interview with Tanya J. Peterson

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

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

Notes: Mrs Dalloway and The Hours

I have just finished reading Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf... and oh I am swept away. I hadn't actually sat down to read Woolf since studying her at university when we read The Waves and To The Lighthouse for a course on Modernism and the concept of time (I forget the official course title), and that was, well... two years ago (ish).… Continue reading Notes: Mrs Dalloway and The Hours