April 17

Hillbilly Elegy by J D Vance

There’s not a single person I know that wouldn’t take something away from this book which probably explains why it’s a number one New York Times Bestseller. Released in late 2016 and timed to perfection, this personal memoir of US businessman J D Vance offers insights into the disintegration of towns and communities in the rust-belt of America. The […]

April 16

Storm and Grace by Kathryn Heyman

Not everything is how it presents. Including this book. On the surface, Storm and Grace could be mistaken for a contemporary Mills and Boon, complete with alpha male and remote island setting. But the reality is the exact opposite. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it’s a clever and very deliberate […]

March 28

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Now don’t let this put you off BUT I really needed a shower reading this book. There was something about it that made me feel grotty –  and a little sick.   If I could scrub Eileen’s house from top to bottom with turps, I might well have felt better. This is a dark,  morbid […]

March 16

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

Deary me, Readheads.  This one will leave you shaken and stirred so if you are a dirty-martini-loving reader, pour yourself a stiff one and dive in.  Same for those of you who prefer a good cup of tea –  just make it a strong one. I have not read anything from Chris Bohjalian before and that […]

March 09

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Well hello page-turner. I’ve loved spending the last week with you. I’m normally more immune to the charms of your type, but I’m willing to admit you have me hooked. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller is a brand new, perfectly sized and perfectly paced novel about marriage, love, life and truth. It is set in the modern day (I […]

March 03

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Some books should be bought and some should be borrowed. I made the mistake of borrowing this one and my local Library had to fight hard to get it back. It took two renewals and one late fee for me to finish it off but it was worth every bit of the hassle. The Essex Serpent […]

February 07

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

This one is another winner from Emma Donoghue – author of The Room and Frog Music – the latter I reviewed here previously, heaping upon it lots of praise.  I love Emma’s work – great ideas, perfectly executed, gritty page turners and always, always intrigue. The Wonder, set in the mid 1800s, is the story […]