Book Reviews

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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Book Reviews

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

Lifestyle

Fizz and Fun Times at Foodies Festival Newcastle

Now, I know I said that I was devoting this blog to books and bookishness alone but... after to a good novel, food is my next great love, and so I was happy to snap up the offer of some free tickets to Foodies Festival last weekend. With the truly miserable weather of the last… Continue reading Fizz and Fun Times at Foodies Festival Newcastle

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Review: Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Beginning in America, and spilling back over memories and generations to India, Unaccustomed Earth explores the heart of family life and the immigrant experience. Eight luminous stories – longer and richer than any Jhumpa Lahiri has yet written – take us from America to Europe, India and Thailand as they follow new lives forged in… Continue reading Review: Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Book Reviews

Review: These Dividing Walls, by Fran Cooper

One Parisian summer A building of separate lives All that divides them will soon collapse...  In a forgotten corner of Paris stands a building. Within its walls, people talk and kiss, laugh and cry; some are glad to sit alone, while others wish they did not. A woman with silver-blonde hair opens her bookshop downstairs,… Continue reading Review: These Dividing Walls, by Fran Cooper