Beloved by Toni Morrison
Sep18

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison is a stunning piece of literature about the life of a ‘free’ slave. Like many people following the murder of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, I was keen to diversify my reading, so my friend lent me Beloved. (My reading isn’t entirely white, middle class woman – I’ve read My Sister the Serial Killer and The Confessions of Frannie Langton this year...

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The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh
Sep11

The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh

I saw a lot of people reading The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh last year, but I wasn’t interested in it. I made the mistake of judging a book by its cover. Both the title and the cover artwork screamed ‘romantic fiction’ and I’m not much of a fan of romantic fiction. But, when I was in Waterstones the other week, I picked up a copy and read the blurb. It sounded a lot darker than I’d expected....

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Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza
Sep04

Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza

Nine Elms is the first in a new detective series by Robert Bryndza and introduces us to a new lead character, Kate Marshall. Robert Bryndza wrote one of my favourite series of recent years – the Detective Erika Foster series – so I was intrigued to read his latest novel. The story is very similar to an Erika Foster novel and I did find myself wondering why he had felt the need to create a new character to tell such a...

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The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
Aug28

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

I absolutely loved the Me Before You trilogy by Jojo Moyes, so I was looking forward to reading her new novel, The Giver of Stars. The front cover makes the bold claim from The Times – ‘Her best novel yet’. Best? How could anything bet better than Me Before You? Set in 1937, The Giver of Stars is the story of Alice. Alice leaves behind her bland, middle class English life for the adventure of marrying a good looking...

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The Things We Left Unsaid by Emma Kennedy
Aug07

The Things We Left Unsaid by Emma Kennedy

The Things We Left Unsaid by Emma Kennedy was the last book I picked up in a lockdown panic book buying trip to Sainsbury’s. I can live without new clothes and shoes and various things around the house. I can’t live without books. (I also picked up My Brilliant Friend and The Two Lives of Lydia Bird.) I’d read a book by Emma Kennedy before – Shoes for Anthony – which I’d really enjoyed, so I felt I...

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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
Jul31

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

I picked up The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver in the dark depths of lockdown (along with My Brilliant Friend and The Things We Left Unsaid) when the bookshops weren’t open. As I’ve said before, I try to avoid Amazon wherever possible. It’s not the sort of book I would normally choose, but I do try to read lighter books over the summer holidays, as I have less time to focus on reading. Although of course the...

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