Home Stretch by Graham Norton
Jul30

Home Stretch by Graham Norton

I bought Home Stretch by Graham Norton in Sainsbury’s a few weeks ago, just because I was running short on books. Sainsbury’s didn’t have any of the books I’ve been waiting ages to read, so I just picked up a little pile of interesting sounding ones, including Home Stretch and The Kingdom. I’m not a huge Graham Norton fan, but I don’t dislike him either. I must admit I was slightly intrigued to see...

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Hostage by Clare Mackintosh
Jul23

Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

Clare Mackintosh is one of my favourite authors, so I was very excited to read Hostage, her fifth novel, which was published recently. I was also very excited to find it for £6 in Sainsbury’s because I don’t like to pay hardback prices! Clare Mackintosh writes the most amazing thrillers based around families. At the heart of Hostage, there is still a family, but it is a bigger and bolder story than her previous novels....

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The Foundling by Stacey Halls
Jul16

The Foundling by Stacey Halls

I bought The Foundling by Stacey Halls because the cover reminded me a bit of The Doll Factory, which I read earlier this year and really enjoyed. I also liked the sound of it because of reference to the Foundling Hospital, which is a key part of Hetty Feather, possibly Jacqueline Wilson’s best novel. Until a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t touch anything set before World War I, but over the last year or so, I’ve...

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Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
Jul13

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart is the 2020 Booker Prize winner. It is also my favourite read of the year so far. Shuggie is a small boy growing up in poverty in Glasgow in the 1980s. He adores his mother, and she adores him, but she is an alcoholic who struggles to care about anyone but herself. One by one, his father, sister and brother all leave, leaving Shuggie to care for his increasingly volatile mum, Agnes. Despite her many...

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The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo
Jul09

The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo

The Kingdom is the latest novel by the fantastic Jo Nesbo. Jo Nesbo is one of my favourite authors. In fact, I think I’ve read more of his novels than pretty much any other author. The Kingdom is one of his standalone novels, rather than one from the Harry Hole series. For me, it is by far the best of the standalone novels. The Kingdom tells the story of brothers Roy (who narrates the story) and Carl. Roy lives alone on a remote...

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Jul02

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Last year, I saw a lot of people raving about Daisy Jones & The Six on social media, so when the bookshops reopened in April, I thought I would get myself a copy. Then when I posted a picture of my tbr pile of books on Instagram, people told me how good it was. So I had high hopes. Daisy Jones & The Six tells the story of a fictional band in the 1970s. It is written in such a way that I almost forget they were fictional, as it...

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