Unexpected by Greg Rutherford
Dec06

Unexpected by Greg Rutherford

Greg Rutherford is something of a hero in our house. Because he is an Olympic long jump gold medallist and my son is a long jumper of course. Unexpected is actually my son’s book and the first book he has read for pleasure since Year 7 (he’s in Year 11 now). I wanted to read it too, because I was interested to find out more about Greg Rutherford’s career, but also to see how my son’s life could go if things...

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The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
Nov29

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

I saw a review of The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley on the Waterstones email and I knew I had to read it, so I ordered it straightaway. (I actually have to avoid reading the Waterstones email too often, because I always end up ordering books.) The email said the book had a classic Agatha Christie-locked room feel to it, which appealed to me. I actually started reading Agatha Christie books when I was at primary school and had read...

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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Nov22

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall is the Booker Prize winning novel about the rise of Thomas Cromwell. Now I don’t shy away from a literary novel, but did I ever think I would read a 650 page book about the Tudors? No, I didn’t. But this year I have been enjoying the Shardlake detective novels by C J Sansom. Thomas Cromwell appears in those novels. One of my oldest friends, who is a huge reader and reads far better quality books than me, said...

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The Incredible Teenage Brain by Bettina Hohnen
Nov15

The Incredible Teenage Brain by Bettina Hohnen

These books were sent to me for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own #ad #gifted Teenagers are a funny thing, aren’t they? If you haven’t been blessed with any yet, just you wait! I know there are a lot of people who find teenagers harder work than toddlers, although that hasn’t been the case for me. But they are complex characters – both wonderful and frustrating, both child and adult. And...

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I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney
Nov08

I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney

I bought I Know Who You Are, Alice Feeney’s second novel, several months ago, but it took me a while to get round to reading it. It is a psychological thriller with perhaps the most incredible twist I’ve read all year. Aimee Sinclair is an up-and-coming actress, about to get her big break in a film. She’s at that point in her career where people are starting to recognise her, but can’t quite place her. But...

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I Looked Away by Jane Corry
Nov01

I Looked Away by Jane Corry

I picked I Looked Away by Jane Corry up in Sainsbury’s a few months ago. At the time, a few people told me it was well worth a read, but it kept getting pushed to the bottom of the pile. I read another Jane Corry, Blood Sisters, couple of years ago, which was good, but not one of those which stays with your forever. I Looked Away was much better! Ellie is a young grandmother who loves nothing more than spending time with her...

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