Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent
Mar25

Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent

Our Little Cruelties is a novel by Liz Nugent, an Irish writer who writes dark family stories. I really enjoyed her novel, Lying in Wait way back in 2017 – it was actually one of my favourite reads that year – and have been meaning to read another of her books ever since. Our Little Cruelties is the story of three brothers – Will, Brian and Luke. It starts with a funeral and the words: All three of the Drumm brothers...

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Again, Rachel by Marian Keyes
Mar11

Again, Rachel by Marian Keyes

Again, Rachel is the new novel by Marian Keyes. It is the sequel to Rachel’s Holiday, originally published in 1998. Although she has written a novel about each of the Walsh sister, which will all contain some detail about Rachel, this is the first time Marian Keyes has written an actual sequel. I heard Marian Keyes talking about Again, Rachel at Cheltenham Literature Festival last year, so I was very excited to read it. I...

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The Storyteller by Dave Grohl
Feb25

The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

The Storyteller is the autobiography of Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters’ frontman and former Nirvana drummer. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up normally, but Waterstones had a half price hardbacks event just after Christmas, so I thought I would give it a go. I like Foo Fighters, but I’m not a huge fan. I was a big Nirvana fan though (and predictably have got right back into them since reading this book). I even had...

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The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett
Feb18

The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett

The Twyford Code is the second novel by Janice Hallett, which was published recently. Janice Hallett’s first novel, The Appeal, was one of my favourite reads of 2021, so I was very keen to read The Twyford Code. But of course it was only out in hardback and I don’t buy hardbacks (unless they are half price). Then I remembered Sainsbury’s. Sainsbury’s sells a small number of hardback books at a good price...

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Tombland by C J Sansom
Feb04

Tombland by C J Sansom

Tombland is the seventh (and currently final) book in the brilliant Shardlake Tudor detective series by C J Sansom. Regular readers of my book reviews will know that I really love this series – and it was what inspired me to first start reading more historical fiction. Every time I read one, I think ‘Is this the best one?’ and I never really know. Sometimes they have a slightly slow start, but it feels like Tombland...

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The Familiars by Stacey Halls
Jan21

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

The Familiars is the first novel by Stacey Halls. I bought it because I really enjoyed her second novel, The Foundling, and also because it was recommended by fellow bookworm, Anne of At Home a Lot blog. The Familiars is the story of Fleetwood Shuttleworth, set in 1612. At just 17, Fleetwood is married and pregnant for a fourth time. Yet she still has no living heir. Struggling with debilitating sickness and fearing for the life of...

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