Meredith, Alone by Claire Alexander
Jun24

Meredith, Alone by Claire Alexander

Meredith, Alone by Claire Alexander was published recently. I’d heard good things about it, so was pleased to find it in Sainsbury’s for only £6. I ended up reading it much sooner and quicker (under 24 hours) than expected, as I was in isolation with Covid. Meredith is 39 and lives in Glasgow. She hasn’t left her home in 1,214 days. She isn’t alone, because she has her cat, Fred, for company. Her friend Sadie...

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Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly
Jun17

Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly

I got Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly for Mother’s Day this year from my eldest, after seeing it recommended. I’d previously read Erin Kelly’s He Said/ She Said a few years ago, but haven’t ready any of her books. Watch Her Fall is the story of Ava Kirilova, prima ballerina, and star of the London Russian Ballet’s daring production of Swan Lake. The dual role of white and black swans, Odette and Odile, would...

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The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
Jun10

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

I picked up The Road Trip, the third novel by Beth O’Leary, in Sainsbury’s a couple of months ago when I was short on things to read. I loved her first novel, The Flat Share (in fact, I think literally everyone loved it), and I enjoyed her second novel, The Switch. So I had high hopes for The Road Trip. The Road Trip is the story of Addie and her ex, Dylan. They are both going to the wedding of a friend in Scotland and...

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Still Life by Sarah Winman
Jun03

Still Life by Sarah Winman

I bought Still Life by Sarah Winman a couple of months ago in Sainsbury’s, because I was running out of books to read. I liked the look of the cover. Something about it reminded me of Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, possibly my favourite book ever. I think it was just the word ‘Life’, plus the image of a single animal on the cover. It turns out that is a very good reason to choose a book. Still Life is Sarah...

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The Primrose Railway Children by Jacqueline Wilson
May27

The Primrose Railway Children by Jacqueline Wilson

The Primrose Railway Children is the latest novel by Jacqueline Wilson. It is inspired by the classic children’s story by E Nesbitt. Writing books based on classics is something Jacqueline Wilson has done before – her book, Katy, inspired by What Katy Did, is absolutely brilliant. Now I must admit that, despite reading the book and watching a film or TV series as a child, I remember very little of The Railway Children, so...

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Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart
May20

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

Young Mungo is the second novel by Douglas Stuart, who wrote Shuggie Bain. Shuggie Bain was my favourite read of last year, so I was very keen to read Young Mungo. Luckily, Sainsbury’s had it in stock. I won’t buy full-price hardbacks, but Sainsbury’s stocks a few bestsellers at around half price. Spoiler alert: Young Mungo is A LOT like Shuggie Bain. Like Shuggie, Mungo is growing up in 1980s Glasgow in extreme...

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