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. … More Can We Take a Minute to Appreciate the New Maggie O’Farrell Hardback?!

Kind of a random blog post that’s kind of related to Christmas

Hello all, my apologies for not posting for almost a month! I have been busy at work which = super tired, plus I have been reading quite slowly recently for some reason, so I haven’t had many books to review. I did finish Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood the other week, and have a brilliant … More Kind of a random blog post that’s kind of related to Christmas

Sex, Lies and Holiday Homes: The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

We all behave differently when we’re on holiday, indulging ourselves and letting everything go a bit. But does being away from home really make life any different? Does it really change how we behave and how we live our lives? It certainly seems to for Jenn, the central character in Helen Walsh’s The Lemon Grove. … More Sex, Lies and Holiday Homes: The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

New Fiction: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

On her eleventh birthday Sarah is given her own personal slave as a present by her mother. This slave is Handful, and she is thrust in front of Sarah during her birthday celebrations with a ribbon around her neck. Sarah is horrified that she is expected to own another human being; and she decides to … More New Fiction: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

1930s America. 15 year old Thea Atwell is ‘sent away’ from her home in Florida to The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, hidden in the North Carolina mountains. Her father drives her, though it is a long journey, as ‘[her] parents did not trust [her] enough to let [her] ride the train alone.’ We soon … More The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani