Best of 2012: The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye – Guest Post by Lynn Shepherd

This guest post was very kindly written by author Lynn Shepherd. Lynn is the author of two historical crime fiction novels, Murder at Mansfield Park and Tom-All-Alone's. A Treacherous Likeness, the follow-up to Tom-All-Alone's, will be published in February 2013. All Lynn's books are published by Corsair, an imprint of Constable and Robinson. Here she… Continue reading Best of 2012: The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye – Guest Post by Lynn Shepherd

The Free World by David Bezmozgis

After the intense, psychological intrigue and drama of Lois Banner's feminist biography of Marilyn Monroe, and the light-hearted romance of Delicacy, I was a little stuck about what to read next. I had a small pile of books sent very kindly from publishers, and spent way too long staring at them all, turning them over… Continue reading The Free World by David Bezmozgis

You Came Back by Christopher Coake

The premise of You Came Back instantly appealed to me: Mark and Chloe lost their young son Brendan in an accident in their home. Grief-stricken, they moved out and later divorced. Now, Mark is engaged to Allison and thinks he's moved on, until he is contacted by a woman living in his old house who… Continue reading You Came Back by Christopher Coake

More Lives Than One: A Biography of Hans Fallada by Jenny Williams

Last year (2011) I read Fallada's final novel Alone in Berlin, after reading about it in various magazines - it seemed to be unanimously praised, and thee subject matter seemed interesting, so I gave it a go. I wrote a review of it for a former (and frankly less good) incarnation of this blog, which… Continue reading More Lives Than One: A Biography of Hans Fallada by Jenny Williams

The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh

I acquired my slightly enormous paperback early copy of this book from the Penguin Bloggers Night (I will stop going on about that eventually) and it was one I was particularly eager to read. Having enjoyed Jennifer McVeigh's reading and having chatted with her at the event, I had high expectations for The Fever Tree.… Continue reading The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh

Pub Walks in Underhill Country by Nat Segnit (Guest Post)

This is a guest post by Hannah Gillow Kloster.   The Penguin Book Bloggers night was, as host Joe Pickering suggested, a whirlwind literary festival: 12 authors, 12 novels, three minutes each. One of the readings that most captured my attention was Nat Segnit reading from his novel Pub Walks in Underhill Country. Hilariously describing a small marital spat in… Continue reading Pub Walks in Underhill Country by Nat Segnit (Guest Post)

English Passengers by Matthew Kneale

The British Empire existed recently enough for it to still be a bit of an 'issue' in global relations. No one will let us forget all the things that Britain did - most of which were not beneficial to those being colonised. If anything the memories of the Empire have become a reminder that not… Continue reading English Passengers by Matthew Kneale