A Net for Small Fishes, by Lucy Jago (book review)

Based on a true story, the book opens with our narrator, Anne Turner, being led to meet with Frances (Frankie) Howard in her chambers, having been called there by Frankie’s mother to dress her to meet the King. We are immediately thrown into Anne’s world. It’s dark and tearful as we wind our way throughContinue reading “A Net for Small Fishes, by Lucy Jago (book review)”

Imaginative, hilarious, gruesome: How to Kill Your Family, by Bella Mackie (book review)

Limehouse prison is, as you might imagine, horrible. Except maybe you can’t imagine it, not really. There are no games consoles and flatscreen TVs, as you have surely read about in the newspapers. There’s no friendly communal vibe, no sisterly tribe – the atmosphere is usually frantic, hideously loud, and it often feels as thoughContinue reading “Imaginative, hilarious, gruesome: How to Kill Your Family, by Bella Mackie (book review)”

Who am I? (Without wanting to sound too existential) Part 2.

This is my 50th blog post! I am super proud that I have stuck with the regular posts and that people are reading them. I thought for my 50th blog post I would write a little more about me and who I am so you can all get to know me more. So, here areContinue reading “Who am I? (Without wanting to sound too existential) Part 2.”

The Miseducation of Evie Epworth, by Matson Taylor: a right good Yorkshire Fairy-tale (Book Review)

In this book we follow 16-year-old Evie as she finds herself at a crossroads in life, deciding what it is she wants to do next and what kind of Woman she wants to be. It’s 1962 and the world away from her father’s farm in East Yorkshire is calling to her. But Evie is aContinue reading “The Miseducation of Evie Epworth, by Matson Taylor: a right good Yorkshire Fairy-tale (Book Review)”

Book Review: The Stranding, by Kate Sawyer

‘Is it real, do you think? Is it the end of the world?’ ‘I don’t know.’ Ruth pushes herself to sit, looking out at the ocean before her. At the edge of the sea there is a pink light. ‘Look.’ Nik sits too and looks where her finger directs. The horizon appears to be glowing;Continue reading “Book Review: The Stranding, by Kate Sawyer”

Book Review: The Summer Job, by Lizzy Dent

…He pushes the door open, but instead of showing me in, he pops my suitcase just inside and pulls the door shut. ‘Couldn’t grow a Pinot in this wind-chill, eh?’ I stutter, then scramble for a quick reply. ‘Yes. Certainly it needs to be warmer. Except when there’s a frost. You also sometimes need aContinue reading “Book Review: The Summer Job, by Lizzy Dent”

Book Review: Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, by Bess Kalb

I could tell this girl she’d marry the love of her life in a year. She’d leave the tenement in Brooklyn and see Cairo and Tuscany and China and Switzerland and Greece and Gaza and Paris – Paris more times than she could count. She’d visit her mother’s village in Belarus (then part of Russia),Continue reading “Book Review: Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, by Bess Kalb”

Book Review: The Split, by Laura Kay

I had never been in my single bed with Emily. Her soft skin had never touched these sheets. I had never felt her hot breath on the back of my neck in the middle of the night within these four walls. I was transported to a land before Emily, to a place where she hadContinue reading “Book Review: The Split, by Laura Kay”

Book Review: The Shelf, by Helly Acton

Amy Wright is lying in bed, staring at herself in the mirror on the wall and counting her chins. Her long dark hair is curled up on top of her head like the chocolate doughnut she ate in secret yesterday and, if she squints, she could be a sumo wrestler. But Amy isn’t going toContinue reading “Book Review: The Shelf, by Helly Acton”

Book Review: Still Life, by Sarah Winman

There are moments in life, so monumental and still, that the memory can never be retrieved without a catch to the throat or an interruption to the beat of the heart. Can never be retrieved without the rumbling disquiet of how close that moment came to not having happened at all. Still Life The bookContinue reading “Book Review: Still Life, by Sarah Winman”