Book reviews

Book review: Bryant & May: The Burning Man by Christopher Fowler

Book reviews By March 27, 2015 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

The Burning Man, the twelfth book in Christopher Fowler’s successful and highly popular Bryant & May series of detective novels came out yesterday. Although friends praise the series and recommend them to me, I’d never read one until this week. Here’s what the latest instalment in their case files is all about: London is under siege. A banking scandal has…

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Book review: The A-Z of You and Me by James Hannah

Book reviews By March 12, 2015 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Today is the publication day for the second Curtis Brown book group choice, James Hannah’s debut novel, The A-Z of You and Me. Ivo fell for her. He fell for a girl he can’t get back. Now he’s hoping for something. While he waits he plays a game: He chooses a body part and tells us its link to the…

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Book review: The Ship by Antonia Honeywell

Book reviews By February 20, 2015 Tags: , , , No Comments

Antonia Honeywell’s debut novel The Ship was the first book chosen for the Curtis Brown book group, a new online book group I’m a member of this year. The Ship proved to be an excellent choice because it offered so many topics for discussion, not least what we would have done when faced with the same choices. Here’s what the book’s blurb…

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Book review: Losing It by Helen Lederer

Book reviews By February 12, 2015 Tags: , , No Comments

Ten years ago this coming August, I went on a week’s Novel Writing course at Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre. It was a pretty magical week: both in terms of what it did for my writing and because of the fantastic group of writers I met while there. One of those was Helen Lederer whose first full-length novel, Losing It,…

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Book review: Wake by Anna Hope

Book reviews, Books By January 9, 2015 Tags: , , , No Comments

Anna Hope’s debut novel, Wake, depicts a mere five days in 1920 Britain but it’s an important period in the post-First World War world, covering as it does the repatriation of the Unknown Soldier from the battlefields of France to his final resting place at Westminster Abbey, and what happens in the lives of three women in London.     Remembrance Day 1920:…

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Book Review: If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel

Book reviews By October 30, 2014 Tags: , , , No Comments

I have to confess that I didn’t know much about the story told in Judy Chicurel’s debut novel before reading it. (It turns out that there are multiple stories, and as the novel’s set in a working class community, you get a real sense of that from the shifts in emphasis, with different characters coming to the fore while others…

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Book review: That Dark Remembered Day by Tom Vowler

Book reviews By June 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Tom Vowler’s second novel, That Dark Remembered Day, opens with what could be a recurring nightmare: a boy on the cusp of young adulthood gets off the school bus in Spring 1983, full of hope and fuzzy expectations and, on his way home, walks into something that quickly shatters that child’s happy innocence forever. The book then fast-forwards to Autumn…

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Kim Curran GLAZE Blog Tour

Authors, Blog tour, Book reviews By May 9, 2014 Tags: , 1 Comment

It’s Day Two of the GLAZE Blog Tour and I’m thrilled to be taking part by posting my review of Kim Curran’s latest book, GLAZE. Set in a slightly future London, GLAZE is a thrilling and thought-provoking read and one I’d recommend, especially if you’re a regular user of any social network. Why? Because GLAZE is a futuristic social network that everyone…

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Book review: JAM by Jake Wallis Simons

Book reviews By April 2, 2014 Tags: , , 2 Comments

As darkness falls on the M25, the flow of traffic comes to a halt. Time passes. More time passes. Then more. Drivers switch off their engines, then get out of their cars. And so the story begins . . . In this bold, state-of-the-nation novel, Jake Wallis Simons brings together characters from all walks of life and explores what happens…

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Liz de Jager’s Banished: Book launch and review

Book launch, Book reviews By March 3, 2014 Tags: , , , No Comments

Last Thursday, Squizz and I boarded our trusty steed, megabus, and headed to London for our first book launch of 2014. It was for Liz de Jager’s debut YA novel, Banished, the first book in The Blackhart Legacy trilogy, and was held at one of our favourite bookshops, Foyles, on Charing Cross Road. I took full advantage of that and…

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