When You Read This – Mary Adkins

I have always had a soft spot for novels that use a variety of formats to tell their story. When You Read This by Mary Adkins, is one such novel, with the narrative divided between emails and blog posts. I read this novel just before the COVID-19 outbreak, back in the days when life was […]

An American Story by Christopher Priest

My twelve year old son loves a good conspiracy theory and, whilst I like to listen to him share whatever ‘story’ he has found online or heard at school, I suppose that I have always been pretty dismissive of such things and the adults who propound them. The events of 9/11 are never far from […]

Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Recommendations are funny things. I’ve talked about this before, how more often than not, I steer clear, nervous of the unsolicited suggestion. I’m currently in a period of personal turmoil, as The Husband and I are splitting after nigh on twenty years and two children together. It’s a hard and unhappy time. Nothing in life […]

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

If you want a book that is genuinely going to make you smile this summer, then you could do a lot worse than purchasing or borrowing The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms. It’s a total enjoyment fest! I had never heard of Kelly Harms, but by chance came across her whilst on […]

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, by Kathleen Rooney, is a tough book to write about. I finished it over the weekend and I look back on it and smile, but equally, it’s a book that I almost abandoned several times. It came to me via the trusted source of book recommendations that is Ms M, […]