Monthly Round-Ups

November Round-Up – The Books I Read In November 2015

In November I read seven books, six of which are fiction and one is illustrated/children’s fiction – Beside Myself by Ann Morgan (Bloomsbury) – Ann Morgan’s exciting debut novel is a gripping psychological thriller focusing on twin sisters and a childhood prank gone wrong. Touches on themes including identity and mental illness and what can… Continue reading November Round-Up – The Books I Read In November 2015

Book Reviews

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Set during the Second World War, Lissa Evans’ fourth novel for adults is the charming story of two very different people who are brought together in unusual circumstances. “Hobbies are for people who don’t read books” In the prologue we meet Noel Bostock, a ten year old orphaned boy who lives with his godmother, Mattie.… Continue reading Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

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The Keep by Jennifer Egan

Originally published in 2006, Jennifer Egan’s third novel The Keep is a contemporary take on a horror story. It features stories within stories, different threads that weave together forming a haunting tale of two cousins and their childhood secrets... ‘That’s what death is, Danny thought: wanting to talk to someone and not being able to’… Continue reading The Keep by Jennifer Egan

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The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Coralie Bickford Smith is an award winning designer who has created numerous, beautiful book cover designs for Penguin Books. This year saw the publication of her own book, The Fox and the Star. The book showcases Bickford-Smith’s talents and has captured the attention of readers and booksellers alike, featuring on the Waterstones Book of the… Continue reading The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

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Korakas by Anne Holloway

I am always interested in discovering books by authors local to me so I was excited when I stumbled across Korakas, a novel by Nottingham based writer Anne Holloway which was published by small press Big White Shed which launched in 2015. “You were born on an island at the farthest reach of the Mediterranean,… Continue reading Korakas by Anne Holloway

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Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz

Over the years I have spent many hours in front of the TV watching James Bond on film but I had never read any of the original novels by Ian Fleming that inspired them. With this in mind I was looking forward to reading Trigger Mortis, a new novel and a new mission for Bond… Continue reading Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz

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Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam

When I first heard about Carrying Albert Home, I was intrigued. A story of a married couple setting off on a car journey with an alligator on the back seat caught my eye, and with the realisation that it is based on the true story of Hickam’s parents, my interest peaked. With that I settled… Continue reading Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam