Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
Aug10

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

I read an excerpt of Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker in a newspaper some time ago. I found it very interesting, but also rather scary. Because Matthew Walker has studied sleep for over 20 years and has plenty of scientific evidence to prove that EVERYONE needs eight hours sleep a night. Regular readers will know I struggle with sleep. I’ve been a bit better lately – I haven’t seen 3 and I rarely even see 4, but I do...

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Can you hear me? by Elena Varvello
Aug03

Can you hear me? by Elena Varvello

As a complete bookworm, I get emails from Waterstones every week with all the latest recommendations. As soon as I read about Can you hear me? by Elena Varvello, I knew I needed to read it. Within days of reading that email, I’d bought the book and finished it. Can you hear me? is described as a thriller, but it’s also a very atmospheric coming-of-age story. Translated from Italian, like many translated novels, it seems to...

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A Very English Scandal by John Preston
Jul27

A Very English Scandal by John Preston

Did you see A Very English Scandal on the BBC a couple of months ago? It was completely shocking – and completely true. The programme was based on the book A Very English Scandal by John Preston, all about the Jeremy Thorpe affair of the 60s or 70s. As a rule, I will always read a book before watching a film or TV, but in this case I was unaware of the book. But the TV series made me want to read it. I’d assumed the book...

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I Found You by Lisa Jewell
Jul20

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

Earlier this year, I read Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell, which I really enjoyed. I’d heard good things about her previous thriller, I Found You, so I knew I had to give it a go. Lily is young, newly-married and living in a strange country (the UK), where she knows no one. Every day, she looks forward to her husband coming home from work and the loving texts he sends her. But one day, he doesn’t come home and Lily is...

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Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin
Jul06

Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin

I bought Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin in a second hand book sale for £1 over a year ago. Having read the first five books in Rankin’s Rebus series in 2016, I’d planned to read the entire series. But I wasn’t so keen on the sixth book, Mortal Causes. So Fleshmarket Close just sat there until one day it was the very last book on my pile. And I realised I could wait forever to read the rest of the series, or I could...

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The Widow by Fiona Barton
Jun29

The Widow by Fiona Barton

Earlier this year, I read The Child, the second novel by Fiona Barton. I really loved it and more or less binge read it in a day, thanks to a return train journey to London (always the best time for reading), so I knew I had to read her first book – The Widow. When a man dies suddenly in an accident, his widow is suddenly free. Her husband had been accused of a terrible crime and now she no longer needs to stay quiet. Did he...

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