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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Mrs England by Stacey Halls
May13

Mrs England by Stacey Halls

Mrs England is the third novel by Stacey Halls, who writes historical fiction. I previously enjoyed her other two novels, The Familiars and The Foundling. This was also recommended by fellow bookworm, Anne of At Home a Lot blog. In 1904, Ruby May, a graduate of the famous Norland, leaves London behind to care for four children in Yorkshire. Their parents, Charles and Lilian England, are part of a wealthy dynasty of of mill owners....

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How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie
May06

How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie

I could tell you I bought How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie because I’d read good reviews of it or I like the cover, but I’d be lying. I bought it because Bella Mackie is married to Greg James and Greg James is one of my absolute favourite people. Luckily, it turns out that’s a good reason to buy a book. For anyone concerned, and I did have to reassure my family, it most definitely isn’t an instruction...

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Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Apr29

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

I’d seen a lot of buzz about Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus on social media before it was even published. I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know what it was about, but I knew I wanted to read it! So I snapped up a hardback copy from Sainsbury’s as soon as it came out and I was so glad I did. (Buying books from supermarket is my top tip if you can’t wait for the paperback to be published. The...

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Sixteen Horses by Greg Buchanan
Apr22

Sixteen Horses by Greg Buchanan

Sixteen Horses is the debut novel by Greg Buchanan and it’s a pretty dark crime story. Any fan of detective novels will have read about lots of murders, probably including mutilations, but Sixteen Horses is a bit different. The victims of the crime aren’t people, they’re horses – 16 of them, of course. Set in a dying seaside town, the heads of 16 horses are found, partially buried, all with one eye pointing to...

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Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
Apr14

Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

I bought Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson in Sainsbury’s a few weeks ago, because I liked the cover. I’ve been really getting into historical novels over the last year or so and it looked right up my street. Daughters of Night is set in London in 1782. I’m not sure I’ve read any books set in that era before. It actually reminded me quite a bit of The Doll Factory, which was set in Victorian times,...

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