Like all of us, I suppose, I was prepared to wave goodbye to a lacklustre summer, one of rather too much cold wet weather and not enough certainty about how to stay safe from the predations of Covid. Having seen the first glimpses of the autumn now upon us — […]
It’s a snowy Saturday morning at the end of January 2021. Despite the ongoing pandemic, with the Government’s apocryphal “light at the end of the tunnel” dim and far-off, I’m celebrating today. Firstly because I have a new follower on this blog (welcome Chris of Chris Green Reads! ); secondly […]
You don’t need me to tell you it’s been a long year of lockdown and cloistered existence. We’ve all had to find ways to cope, and for me that has meant escaping into a comfort place of words (not just my own writing, I hasten to add.) I’ve built myself […]
V2, by Robert Harris, published by Hutchinson autumn 2020 In the autumn and winter of 1944, the dying embers of the Nazi war effort were fanned back to a brief fierce flame by the Vergeltungswaffe Zwei campaign – known to us as the V2 rockets. Dr Rudi Graf, a dedicated […]
By Andrew Miller, published by Sceptre, 2018 This book is about who we are, who we become under duress, and who we wish we could be. Captain John Lacroix of the Hussars has barely survived the opening phase of the Peninsular War (1807-14), and has been repatriated for recovery home […]
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel, published by Audible as unabridged audiobook, March 2020. Narrated by Ben Miles. Unless you’ve been under a rock since long before the Coronavirus lockdown, you’ll already know about this third and final instalment of Hilary Mantel’s astonishing fictional tour-de-force of the life […]
Saturday 4 – Saturday 11 April I thought this blogpost would be my usual ramble through my life locked away this week. But I was reminded of something much more important, which I want to share with you. And, of course, it’s a book.
The Girl from the Workhouse by Lynn Johnson, published by Amazon Imagine you’re a young girl aged eleven, Ginnie Jones by name. It’s 1911 in the Staffordshire Potteries. Your father works hard in Chamberlain’s pottery, but life is okay. You live in a tiny terraced house with your parents and […]
by John Lanchester. Published by Faber and Faber, 2019. We’re in Britain, in the near future – perhaps nearer than we think. And something has gone horribly wrong.
by Manda Scott, Penguin Random House, 2018 https://mandascott.co.uk I’d like to say that everything about this detective thriller is perfect.