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Book Review: The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 25, 2019 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Eve Chase’s second novel The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde is a dual timeline story about mothers and daughters, sisters, secrets and grief, which switches between 1959 and some fifty years later when new owners move in to the house at the centre of a tragic local mystery. In the heatwave of 1959, four sisters arrive at Applecote Manor to relive…

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Book Review: Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Book reviews By April 24, 2019 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Fredrick Backman’s Beartown was a firm favourite* among the books I read last year, so I was very happy to see him return to that ice hockey town in a large Swedish forest in Us Against You.  Can a broken town survive a second tragedy? By the time the last goal is scored, someone in Beartown will be dead ….

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Book Review: The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 23, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Robert Dinsdale’s The Toymakers has as its setting Papa Jack’s Emporium, a strange and magical toyshop that opens with the first frost of winter, and closes again when snowdrops appear. Do you remember when you believed in magic? It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment….

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Book Review: One More Lie by Amy Lloyd

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 17, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Amy Lloyd’s second novel One More Lie takes a look at the human stories behind those evil monsters and animals people are dubbed by sensational newspaper headlines and in the public outrage voiced via social media comments. It makes for a gripping read. Charlotte wants a fresh start. She wants to forget her past, forget her childhood crime – and,…

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Book Review: Kings of the Yukon: An Alaskan River Journey by Adam Weymouth

Book reviews By April 12, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I might not have discovered Kings of the Yukon so soon if Adam Weymouth’s book hadn’t been shortlisted for the PFD/Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Last year, I was lucky enough to be invited to a bloggers’ event in London where we met the authors, who read excerpts and answered questions, before copies of each book were…

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Book Review: Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Book reviews By April 11, 2019 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Jasper Jones has been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time. I can’t even remember when or where I bought it, although I have a feeling that I wanted to read more Australian fiction while I waited for a new Tim Winton book to come out. I still didn’t read it back then but it leapt out at me…

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Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book reviews By April 4, 2019 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

In Daisy Jones & The Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid charts the trajectory of a young woman who goes from hard-partying groupie to ubiquitous band’s frontwoman in 1970s LA. For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on…

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Book Review: Hame by Annalena McAfee

Book reviews, Giveaway By November 30, 2018 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Hame is a book I happened upon thanks to the publisher Vintage tweeting about it on St Andrew’s Day last year. The Scottish island setting and a literary trail in search of a mysterious poet really appealed to me and it seems only fitting to post my review of it on St Andrew’s Day, one year on. Here’s what it’s about: Hame,…

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Book Review: A Boy in the Water by Tom Gregory

Book reviews By August 30, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Tom Gregory’s channel swim memoir A Boy in the Water couldn’t be more timely, published as it is the day after Lewis Pugh successfully completed The Long Swim by swimming the length of the English Channel from Cornwall to Dover. Eltham, South London. 1984: the hot fug of the swimming pool and the slow splashing of a boy learning to…

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Book Review: One Thousand Stars and You by Isabelle Broom

Book reviews By August 16, 2018 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Isabelle Broom’s latest novel, One Thousand Stars and You, is set in Sri Lanka, not somewhere I know at all. However, I was confident that I could vicariously travel there because Isabelle Broom writes about place so very well. She took me to Prague in A Year and a Day and that’s still tiding me over until I actually go. Alice is settling…

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