Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
Jul01

Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

I really enjoyed Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s second novel, Daughters of Night, earlier this year, so I was keen to go back and read her first novel – Blood & Sugar. Even better, it was one of Waterstones’ Read for Ukraine titles – a selection of books with 100% of the price going to help support Oxfam’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Other books in the selection include All the Lonely People and The Lido...

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Meredith, Alone by Claire Alexander
Jun24

Meredith, Alone by Claire Alexander

Meredith, Alone by Claire Alexander was published recently. I’d heard good things about it, so was pleased to find it in Sainsbury’s for only £6. I ended up reading it much sooner and quicker (under 24 hours) than expected, as I was in isolation with Covid. Meredith is 39 and lives in Glasgow. She hasn’t left her home in 1,214 days. She isn’t alone, because she has her cat, Fred, for company. Her friend Sadie...

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Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly
Jun17

Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly

I got Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly for Mother’s Day this year from my eldest, after seeing it recommended. I’d previously read Erin Kelly’s He Said/ She Said a few years ago, but haven’t ready any of her books. Watch Her Fall is the story of Ava Kirilova, prima ballerina, and star of the London Russian Ballet’s daring production of Swan Lake. The dual role of white and black swans, Odette and Odile, would...

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The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
Jun10

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

I picked up The Road Trip, the third novel by Beth O’Leary, in Sainsbury’s a couple of months ago when I was short on things to read. I loved her first novel, The Flat Share (in fact, I think literally everyone loved it), and I enjoyed her second novel, The Switch. So I had high hopes for The Road Trip. The Road Trip is the story of Addie and her ex, Dylan. They are both going to the wedding of a friend in Scotland and...

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Still Life by Sarah Winman
Jun03

Still Life by Sarah Winman

I bought Still Life by Sarah Winman a couple of months ago in Sainsbury’s, because I was running out of books to read. I liked the look of the cover. Something about it reminded me of Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, possibly my favourite book ever. I think it was just the word ‘Life’, plus the image of a single animal on the cover. It turns out that is a very good reason to choose a book. Still Life is Sarah...

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