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: 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: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

When you think of Daphne Du Marier, two novels probably come to mind. Rebecca is perhaps Du Maurier’s most famous novel, a sweeping romance come ghost story set in a quintessentially English estate. Then there is Jamaica Inn which was last year adapted by the BBC, a dark tale that looks at the history of Cornwell. This time it…

REVIEW: Where My Heart Used To Beat by Sebastian Faulks

I have to admit that I haven’t read any of Sebastian Faulks previous novels.Birdsong has been sitting on my bookshelf for years and I just haven’t got round to reading it! As I love historical fiction when I saw Faulks new novel I decided to give it a try. The blurb tells of an English…

REVIEW: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Before buying Commonwealth, I had seen a few adverts and posters with the cover image and I received an email from Waterstones because they have an exclusive cover with free short story by Ann Patchett. I have to admit that not much more than this made me buy the book, I liked the cover image…

June Book Club Launch!

Hi guys, I can’t believe it is time to launch the second month of our book club. I have picked quite a few new books this month, but hopefully you can pick one or two of them up for cheap enough. They are really varied this month so I’m hoping that there is something for…

Huge Book Haul – April 2017

Hi guys, I have been really naughty and bought MORE books! Terrible, I know. I have a video for anyone interested in what I bought, explaining why I bought them and letting you know a little bit about them all.   Also please do let me know any recommendations for good travel writing (I’ve written…

REVIEW: The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis

This was one of the Waterstones books of the month for March and I always love picking up a few from that list because it often makes me choose a book I wouldn’t normally read. Set in Edinburgh, The Other Mrs Walker promised a detective novel…without the detective. As this novel was partly set in one…