The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
Oct15

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

The Night She Disappeared is the latest thriller by Lisa Jewell. I love Lisa Jewell’s thrillers and had been looking forward to reading this one, but it’s currently only out in hardback. I have a rule of not buying myself hardbacks as they’re a waste of money. It’s OK for other people to buy them for me though, so I asked my eldest to get me this one for my birthday! And I’m so glad I did. It’s...

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Historical fiction for beginners
Oct12

Historical fiction for beginners

Until fairly recently, I wouldn’t touch historical fiction with a bargepole. The covers looked boring and I imagined the stories inside to be boring too, not to mention rather heavy. I’ve read a lot of books set in World War II and a few set in World War I, but nothing set earlier than that. I still love a thriller, psychological or otherwise, but there’s only so many stories about missing children or women abused by...

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The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
Oct08

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman is the sequel to the wonderful The Thursday Murder Club, which was one of my favourite reads of 2020. I was lucky enough to get a hardback copy for my birthday within days of it being published. The action in The Man Who Died Twice starts just a few days after the events of The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth receives a letter from an old contact, which she can’t ignore. He is mixed up...

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The Smallest Man by Frances Quinn
Oct01

The Smallest Man by Frances Quinn

I bought The Smallest Man by Frances Quinn in Sainsbury’s recently, just because I liked the cover. Until fairly recently, I’d avoided historical fiction like the plague (something which crops up frequently in historical fiction!), but I’ve just developed a real taste for it. The Smallest Man is the story of Nat Davy (loosely based on a real historical figure). In 1625, at the age of 10, Nat was so small he could...

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Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Sep24

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

I’d seen Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell quite a bit on social media. I knew it was an award winning literary novel. My friend Suzanne from Inside, Outside and Beyond blog told me it’s a book you need to savour and read slowly. I must admit, I’m not keen on reading slowly. If I enjoy a book, I read it quickly. I devour it. As I needed to savour it, I bought it a couple of months ago and put it away until the kids...

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The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn
Sep17

The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn

The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn is a memoir and the sequel to The Salt Path, which I read this time last year. The Salt Path tells the story of Ray and her husband Moth trekking the whole of the South West Coast Path – through Devon, Cornwall and Dorset. They started walking after they lost their home and Moth was diagnosed with a degenerative and terminal illness. He was told to be careful on stairs, but instead he trekked for...

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