Run by writers, podcast creators and general all round bookish enthusiasts Amy and Rosy, Riffraff are my latest obsession! I first came across them as I was trawling Twitter in a vain effort not to be studying-spoiler, it worked!- and entered a competition they were running for NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is a month long writing contest of sortsRead more about Recommendation-RiffRaff[…]
Many , many thanks to Penguin Random House and Netgalley for letting me read ‘The Winters’ by Lisa Gabrielle I hesitate to call it a ‘reimaging’ of ‘‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier because it is entirely it’s own beast, however I would say it is a homage. From the changed roles-Mrs Danvers to Dani, Maxim De WinterRead more about Netgalley Review/Recommendation-‘The Winters’ by Lisa Gabrielle[…]
*Warning* Go further into this review only if you like a heady amount of sex in your fiction. . . . .Still here? Let’s go! I was thoroughly delighted to be involved in this blogtour run by Anne Cater of #RandomThingsBookTours to promote the quite special ‘‘A Torch In His Heart’ by Anna Belfrage‘ MyRead more about BlogTour-‘A Torch In His Heart’ by Anna Belfrage[…]
The problem with a book release as hyped as ‘‘The Silent Patient’‘ currently is, is that there is the risk that it does not live up to the title of ‘the 2019 thriller that everyone is talking about’. Clever? Hmm. Twisty? Yes. Engaging? Definitely. But ‘Brilliant’, ‘totally original’,’sophisticated’ and ‘clever’? Apologies but I would respectfullyRead more about Book Recommendation-‘The Silent Patient’ by Alex Michaelides[…]
To say this small novella touches your heart is an understatement . The combined talents of Vanessa LaFaye and Rebecca Mascull (who finished it after Vanessa sadly died in February 2018) brings Dickensian London to life. The prequel to ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Miss Marley‘ supposes the events which led to Jacob and Ebeneezer Scrooge meeting, asRead more about Christmas Book Recommendation-‘Miss Marley’ by Vanessa LaFaye and Rebecca Mascull[…]
However, between me requesting this and it arriving, my daughter who was a voracious reader, suddenly downed tools and stopped reading.
Being a lover of YA fiction, I took up the slack whilst haranguing her daily to stop focussing on a YouTube star’s puppy’s birthday and read.
By this I mean in the nicest way possible, I was unable to do anything else until this was read-it was gripping, intelligent, thoughtful and mysterious in one, beautiful package.
And I mean anything, including getting dressed! I went to sleep reading it, got up, fed the kids, fed the animals in the previous day’s clothes! This rarely happens, I am usually fragrant even if my clothes are a mishmash , that is how much I loved this book!
‘My head says he’s guilty. My heart sees a lost man’
I am beyond thrilled to present the cover reveal for Shelley Day’s new short story collection ‘What are you like?’
The blog tour is imminent, but for now please settle back, and enjoy some early buzz about Shelley’s work and find out the story behind the cover….
Shelley Day is an award-winning writer, a European totally opposed to Brexit, a Geordie lass, a lapsed lawyer and academic psychologist. She was named as an Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature ‘emerging writer’ in 2013 and has since appeared at numerous literary festivals. Her debut novel ‘The Confession of Stella Moon(Saraband, 2016) won the Andrea Badenoch Prize and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize. In 2015 she won a Northern Writer’s Award to support this debut short story collection. Shelley is represented by Jenny Brown
On Thursday, November 12th, whilst scrolling through Twitter in a desperate attempt to avoid doing actual studying, I came across a tweet from Trapeze Books, advertising an ‘Orion On Tour’ event.
People from Orion’s office in London were being dispatched to Wales to discuss books with regional authors, writers, journalists, bloggers ! The deadline was the 13th to RSVP, I dashed off a quick email, not really very hopeful but was thrilled to see there was still room for a little blogger like myself.
Charles Lendon, a solicitor, has been murdered. The day before his death, his office junior, Cathy, had overheard a quarrel with an unseen person, as well as witnessing him argue with the father of a murdered local child. His daughter ,Jenny,had been killed in public woods where the children of the local housing estate would play. They used this as a short cut to school as Lendon had been successful in stopping them using Woodrow Lane. As a result of using this shortcut, Jenny had been attacked and killed. The murder had never been solved .