REVIEW: Farangi Girl, Ashley Dartnell

This story I have literally had for YEARS. I read a review of Farangi Girl in a magazine back when it was published in 2011 and somehow ended up with two copies of this book and yet went six years before reading it…how is that even possible? But finally just before Christmas, I read Farangi…

REVIEW: My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

This was one of those books that I had seen around Waterstones a few times, but never got round to buying. But, as part of my HUGE post Christmas book haul (video to come soon, promise), I finally bought My Name is Lucy Barton. All I really knew about the book was that it is…

Short Stories Everywhere!

Over the past six months or so, there has been a huge trend in publishing. Short stories have made an epic return. A year ago and it would be a very rare thing for me to buy a short story collection, but in the last three months I have read three collections and when I…

REVIEW: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

I’ve had Eligible on my bookshelf since I went to the Edinburgh Book Festival. What mainly attracted me to the book was its quirky cover and I bought it without paying much attention to the blurb, sometimes this works and sometimes it just doesn’t! What I didn’t realise when I bought the book, was that…

REVIEW: The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

The Crow Girl was a bit of a random buy for me. I was online ordering a couple of other books, when it popped up and was labelled as a must read crime novel. Ever since devouring the three Michel Bussi novels translated into English, I’ve been on the lookout for some really good crime fiction….

REVIEW: City of Friends by Joanna Trollope

I have to admit that part of the reason I bought this book was it’s beautiful cover. The image just looked friendly, like the type of book I would want to read after a long day. I have read a few of Joanna Trollope’s novels and I am yet to be disappointed. This book tells…

REVIEW: This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell

This book received a lot of buzz when it was first released earlier this year. I haven’t read any Maggie O’Farrell novels before but had seen so much about this one that I knew I wanted to read it. I was lucky enough to pick up my copy second hand from Barter Books in Alnwick….

REVIEW: The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen

At the height of the Cold War in 1979, a grizzly bear makes a bid for freedom on a small Hebridean island. The Fleming family return to this holiday retreat facing life without their father and under the shadow of his mysterious death. As the summer unfolds, the bear and the children of Nicholas Fleming…

REVIEW: Umami by Laia Jufresa

Every so often, a book is so popular that it seems to appear in every magazine I pick up. Vogue, Marie Claire, Nylon and a whole host of newspapers have sung the praises of Umami. Set in Mexico City, Umami is a highly original and eccentric novel which takes a heart felt look at loss and how we experience…

REVIEW: Theodore Boone by John Grisham

Theodore Boone is a thirteen year old boy from a small city in America. But he isn’t an ordinary school boy, Theodore is also a lawyer. Both of his parents are lawyers and growing up around their law offices, he has come to know all of the judges and lawyers in the small town where…