The Good People by Hannah Kent

Like many readers I loved Hannah Kent's first novel Burial Rites (2013), so I had high expectations for The Good People. Like its predecessor it is set in the first half of the 19th century, this time in 1820s Ireland. Also like Burial Rites, it features unhappy women as its central characters. The blurb dedicates… Continue reading The Good People by Hannah Kent

Most Anticipated Upcoming Books

I try to read a mixture of old and new books, and often find myself reading 'new' books some time after they come out, purely because I always have so many books I want to read that I rarely get to read things when they are really new. Often I just get to look at… Continue reading Most Anticipated Upcoming Books

The Bone Seeker by M.J. McGrath

The Bone Seeker begins with both the style and plot of quite a standard crime novel. Teacher and ex-polar bear hunter Edie sees Martha Salliaq on a Friday afternoon at school. Martha drops her bag and make up falls out; Edie notes this is unusual for an Inuk girl. She asks Martha if she is… Continue reading The Bone Seeker by M.J. McGrath

The Investigation by Jung-Myung Lee

This book grabbed me with its cover. It grabs your attention and makes you wonder what's inside. There are some (lots of) covers out there that spell out what the book is (hello chick lit!), and I find this quite uninspiring. You want the cover to set the tone and mood, but not give too… Continue reading The Investigation by Jung-Myung Lee

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!

The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton

I know, I know - another book about World War II. Another book about a separated couple, a woman lost... but that is all that The Wind is Not a River shares with the last book I reviewed, City of Women. That and the fact that they are both set in the same year, 1943,… Continue reading The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton

Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus (2010)

Is it ever wise to impulse-buy a book? Annoyingly the answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no. I've bought a lot of books over the years on the spur of the moment, both online and in bookshops that I've put on the shelf and then never bothered with again... luckily, that did not happen on… Continue reading Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus (2010)

Review: Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson (Man Booker Prize 2013 Longlist)

Almost English came to me by chance, and I was instantly taken with its cover (they are so, so important, aren't they?). It is not only striking but carefully designed, and modern too. 'Modern' - what I mean by that really is that it does not look like a lot of other book covers knocking… Continue reading Review: Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson (Man Booker Prize 2013 Longlist)

The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

The Promise was one of those books that had (and still has!) a lot of hype, and a lot of people told me I would love it - and that I would probably cry at some point during it. I therefore had quite high expectations. The blurb also attracted me. 1900. Young pianist Catherine Wainwright… Continue reading The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

Best of 2012: Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – Guest Post by Sarah Chapman

This post has been kindly written by blogger Sarah Chapman, who also happens to be part of the amazing Mslexia team. Sarah's blog The Bibliomouse is always a joy to read and I love her frank and witty reviews. She was an obvious choice to include in this series. Here she talks about her pick… Continue reading Best of 2012: Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – Guest Post by Sarah Chapman