Book Reviews

Review: Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee

"Family curses don't exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? I don't think so." A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the… Continue reading Review: Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee

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Review: A Horse Walks into a Bar, by David Grossman

A Horse Walks Into a Bar, by David Grossman, was the Man Booker International Prize winner for 2017. The book presents an evening performance by comedian Dovaleh G, in the town of Netanya, Israel. The story is narrated by an old friend of Dovaleh’s, Avishai Lazar, who has been invited to the evening for reasons… Continue reading Review: A Horse Walks into a Bar, by David Grossman

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Review: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne

Eleanor, Richard and their two young daughters recently stretched themselves to the limit to buy their dream home, a four-bedroom Victorian townhouse in East London. But the cracks are already starting to show. Eleanor is unnerved by the eerie atmosphere in the house and becomes convinced it is making her ill. Whilst Richard remains preoccupied… Continue reading Review: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne

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Best Books of 2017 Part 1: January – June

It happens every year, doesn’t it? Blink, and you suddenly find that spring has passed you by, the pollen has started its incessant increase in the air, and the summer is upon us. For me this year, I’ve celebrated my first wedding anniversary, project managed an exhibition for work, and ran a marathon in the… Continue reading Best Books of 2017 Part 1: January – June

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Review: The House of Birds, by Morgan McCarthy

When Oliver's girlfriend Kate inherits an elegant but crumbling old house in Oxford, her first instinct is to get rid of it. It's been the object of a decades long family feud, so all she wants is to fix it up and sell it on.  Oliver volunteers to take on the renovations. But the longer… Continue reading Review: The House of Birds, by Morgan McCarthy

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Blog Tour: Exquisite, by Sarah Stovell

Bo Luxton has it all – a loving family, a beautiful home in the Lake District, and a clutch of bestselling novels to her name. Enter Alice Dark, an aspiring writer who is drifting through life, with a series of dead-end jobs and a freeloading boyfriend. When they meet at a writers’ retreat, the chemistry… Continue reading Blog Tour: Exquisite, by Sarah Stovell

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Review: Six Stories, by Matt Wesolowski

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure.  In a series of six… Continue reading Review: Six Stories, by Matt Wesolowski

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Review: Slow Boat, by Hideo Furukawa

Boku has an uneasy preoccupation with dreams - and with making and losing lovers. And when he first runs away from Tokyo, his dreams and his reality gradually start to shift and overlap. This is a story of three failed escapes - and the loss of three girlfriends in the process. The first girlfriend is… Continue reading Review: Slow Boat, by Hideo Furukawa

Author Events

An Evening With Forum Books, Orenda Books & Matt Wesolowski

Last Tuesday I drove up to The Dyvels in Corbridge with a friend for a Forum Books event - a book launch for Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski. Published by Orenda Books, Six Stories is written in a podcast format, looking back on the death of teenager Tom Jeffries on the fictional Scarclaw Fell in Northumberland. Having made a… Continue reading An Evening With Forum Books, Orenda Books & Matt Wesolowski

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Book Tour: Wolves in the Dark, by Gunnar Stalesen

Reeling from the death of his great love, Karin, Varg Veum has descended into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, lust, grief and blackouts. When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he’s accused of being part of a paedophile ring and thrown into a prison cell. There, he struggles to sift through his… Continue reading Book Tour: Wolves in the Dark, by Gunnar Stalesen