Booker Longlist 2: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry truly is a charming and lovely story. It is a story of hope and redemption, human frailties and strengths. It can be read simply as one man's walk across the country, a heartwarming and emotional tale. There is much more to discover and ponder as you travel with Harold… Continue reading Booker Longlist 2: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge Book 3: The Bleeding Land by Giles Kristian

The English Civil War really makes my blood boil. So much violence and bloodshed, so many families torn apart, whole communities devastated, the cultural landscape permanently altered. The 1640s are pretty far down my list of decades I wish I could visit. They do make an awesome setting for a historical novel however and Giles… Continue reading Historical Fiction Reading Challenge Book 3: The Bleeding Land by Giles Kristian

Part of the Spell by Rachel Heath

I don't know exactly how to categorise this book, but I certainly enjoyed it. At its heart is the mystery of a missing woman. Sheila, widowed mum of two grown-up daughters, is reliable and steady. She's always there for her children, especially Stella, a young mum of two herself who still lives nearby. One day… Continue reading Part of the Spell by Rachel Heath

Historical Reading Challenge Book 2 – Hereward: The Devil’s Army by James Wilde

I am enjoying this reading challenge, set by Transworld Publishers, enormously.  I read my first one just before I started this blog.  It was Victoria Lamb's The Queen's Secret, a rollicking good Tudor story that I reviewed on the Waterstones website as my bookseller reviewer alter ego Jane Sharp. (http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/victoria+lamb/the+queen27s+secret/8613123/)For my second choice I went… Continue reading Historical Reading Challenge Book 2 – Hereward: The Devil’s Army by James Wilde

Booker Longlist 1: Swimming Home by Deborah Levy

Judging by the reaction to the Longlist announcement I am one amongst many delighted to see some smaller publishers represented on the list.  Swimming Home by Deborah Levy is published by And Other Stories.  They offer a subscription to their list that allows them to be highly selective about what they publish.  This has quickly… Continue reading Booker Longlist 1: Swimming Home by Deborah Levy