Category Archives: Grab it Now

The books that you can’t put down, can’t stop talking about, can’t stop thinking about. The books that leave book hangovers.

June 22

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Ever imagine if Jesus had a wife? Sue Monk Kidd did and has written an incredible story about who she may have been. She was Ana – a rebellious, wip-smart woman full of curiosity and gifts, all glorious traits we want in women today – back then, ah, not so much. Ana was a force, […]

May 17

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

What a cracking work of fiction.  Hands down my most enjoyable read of the year so far. Hamnet is a fictionalised account of the death of William Shakespeare’s son. Clearly I wasn’t listening at school, because I had never known that Shakespeare had three children (a girl and then a twin boy and girl) and that […]

May 08

There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett

This is The Indie Book Awards 2020 Book of the Year so attention needs to be paid.   The list of fans of There Was Still Love, and indeed anything written by the author, is as long as it is wide and I see why.   She is a beautiful storyteller. I admit I read this one […]

April 26

A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry

It’s the aftermath of the Civil War in Tennessee and “the time is so dangerous that the law is barely possible”.  An Indian girl named Winona is living on a farm with two soldiers who adopted her, their landlord and two recently emancipated black slaves. Released in March, A Thousand Moons is the latest from […]

Stoner by John Williams

I’m not sure I can explain to you how much I loved this book. Surely the most pure, quiet and understated work of fiction I have read in a long time. Stoner was first published in 1965 with no fanfare. Fifty years later, it was discovered by the general public and became a bestseller across […]

April 07

Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

What a great time to be a book lover! For those of us who can think of nothing better than being forced to stay indoors and read, well, this crazy new Covid 19 reality is heaven on a stick.  My bedside table is piled high with new, fresh, delicious reads because leaving the house for […]

February 27

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Well hasn’t this book caused quite the stir for all the wrong reasons. Before I get into that gumf, my message is simple  – READ THIS PLEASE –  because American Dirt is one hell of a book and Jeanine Cummins is one hell of a writer. The story is about Mexican woman Lydia and her […]

January 26

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

I’ll admit it, I found this book a challenge. I would go so far as to say it is the trickiest book I’ve read in years. Swinging between fact and fiction and jumping forward and back in time, reading The Topeka School was the most exercise I did all holiday. The Topeka School is the […]

January 22

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

I always take care of my books.  They’re my treasures after all so you won’t see them dog-eared or rough around the edges.  Sadly, this book looks like it’s been through the right ringer because well, it has.  I haven’t left home without it.  Anytime I thought I’d have a spare mo to read in […]

January 12

Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner is one of the hit books of 2019 in the USA.  It was released in June with hit reviews and by September, there was a 10-party bidding war for TV rights. Taffy Brodesser-Akner is best known in the USA as a writer for GQ Magazine and the New […]