Anything is Possible(?) The Book Review

This is a collection of short stories by Elizabeth Strout that follow on from her novel My Name is Lucy Barton. This time we are in the small town of Amgash, Illinois, which Lucy left behind when she moved to New York and went on to be a successful writer. We meet some of Lucy’sContinue reading “Anything is Possible(?) The Book Review”

Is it ‘child-less’ or is it ‘child-free’? My book review of ‘Olive’ by Emma Gannon

I bought this book last year along with Ghosts by Dolly Alderton (which is also a fab read), and it has sat on my shelf waiting to be read. Sometimes that happens, doesn’t it? A book will sit there for years until suddenly some twist of fate encourages you to pick it up and readContinue reading “Is it ‘child-less’ or is it ‘child-free’? My book review of ‘Olive’ by Emma Gannon”

October Round-Up: What I read this month

In this week’s edition of ‘books by the fireplace’ as I am now calling it, I’m looking back on some of my favourite reads from October and looking ahead to what is on my TBR list for November. Matrix, by Lauren Groff I found this book difficult to get into at the start because itContinue reading “October Round-Up: What I read this month”

A day out at the theatre: what I thought of The Mirror and The Light

In a Luggage & Scribble first, today I am writing about going to the theatre! I recently travelled to London to watch Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and The Light at the Gielgud Theatre. This is the third in a trilogy of books and plays based on the life of Thomas Cromwell. I have written thisContinue reading “A day out at the theatre: what I thought of The Mirror and The Light”

What to read this Autumn – Four book recommendations

It’s cold, wet and miserable out there this weekend, so get yourself tucked up under a blanket with one of these novels and enjoy escaping the world for a few hours. A Slow Fire Burning, by Paula Hawkins Paula Hawkins writes great thrillers. Her books are always engrossing, surprising, and contain a slew of deeplyContinue reading “What to read this Autumn – Four book recommendations”

If you only read one more book this year, make it this one…

The storm comes in like a finger snap. That’s how they’ll speak in the months and years after, when it stops being only an ache behind their eyes and a crushing at the base of their throats. When it finally fits into their stories. Even then, it doesn’t tell how it actually was. There areContinue reading “If you only read one more book this year, make it this one…”

The book that broke my reading slump: The Lonely Fajita, by Abigail Mann

I’ve been struggling with settling down and getting stuck into a book recently. Maybe it’s the effect of going back to the office for the first time since March 2020, maybe it’s my current feeling of anxiety due to the state of the world, maybe it’s all down to Mercury being in retrograde, but IContinue reading “The book that broke my reading slump: The Lonely Fajita, by Abigail Mann”

Travelling in Scotland: What to do on a day out at Loch Ness and Fort Augustus

I had so much fun on this day out back in August driving round Loch Ness and seeing the sights close by. Even if the weather was a little overcast, the chance of seeing a monster more than made up for it. I started the day off by travelling to Fort Augustus via Castle EileanContinue reading “Travelling in Scotland: What to do on a day out at Loch Ness and Fort Augustus”

Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Fame and fortune, and everything going up in flames (Book Review)

The Malibu fire of 1983 started not in the dry hills but on the coastline. It began at 28150 Cliffside Drive on Saturday, August 27 – at the home of Nina Riva – during one of the most notorious parties in Los Angeles history. The annual party grew wildly out of control sometime around midnight.Continue reading “Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Fame and fortune, and everything going up in flames (Book Review)”

Ariadne, by Jennifer Saint: A Story of Blood and Wine (Book Review)

I didn’t know much about men; between Minos, the Minotaur and now Cinyras, I hadn’t wanted to learn. Or so I thought, until I caught the gaze of a handsome hostage and on the strength of that glance, let the fire he ignited within me burn down everything I knew. Ariadne Ariadne is a PrincessContinue reading “Ariadne, by Jennifer Saint: A Story of Blood and Wine (Book Review)”