book review


Book Review: Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce

April 19, 2018

Dear Mrs Bird follows Emmeline 'Emmy' Lake who dreams of being a 'Lady War Correspondent' but stumbles into a job answering problem page letters for an eccentric boss at a women's magazine in Blitz-besieged London.


Book Review: Trick To Time by Kit de Waal

April 17, 2018

Although so much of Kit de Waal's second novel is different from her acclaimed debut My Name Is Leon, her focus on the lives of working class people and her ability to paint characters in minute detail through the eyes of her main character, remains.


Book Review: Tangerine by Christine Mangan

April 10, 2018

Tangerine is projected to be the literary sensation of 2018 and its author Christine Mangan has already sold the rights to be made into a feature film starring Scarlett Johansson.


Book Review: Sal by Mick Kitson

April 5, 2018

The eponymous teenage heroine of Mick Kitson's debut novel, who is on the run from the drab, chaotic lives of her alcoholic mother and her 'Maw's' drug-dealing partner, steps into another world in Scotland's last wilderness.


Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover

March 14, 2018

On an Idaho mountain a man broods - he is the author's father, and, out of a poisonous brew of Aryan nation propaganda, fundamentalism, inadequate schooling and mental illness, he concocts a belief system that leads him to isolate his family from the fallen world of fake prophets and socialised medicine.


Book Review: The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey

March 13, 2018

When the richest man in Oakham – a vividly imagined, late 15th-century Somerset village – is swept away and lost in the river one Shrovetide morning, it falls to bucolic priest John Reve to investigate his disappearance.