The Good People by Hannah Kent

I was lucky enough to be sent a very early copy of this book by Picador books. It will be published in the UK on 9th February 2017.     This is a powerful novel about the power of belief, superstition, religion and grief. I’d not read Hannah Kent’s work before so was not prepared for her skill at storytelling and keeping you hooked. Its not a comfortable read nor a very cheery one but its told with a passion for words and the lyrical way she has with them. Her sentences are beautiful and full of atmosphere. The characters

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Shakespeare re-tellings disappoint

I have been fascinated by the latest books in the Hogarth Shakespeare series where modern day writers tackle a select few of his works in their own way as part of the Shakespeare 400 anniversary. I recently bought two of them having waited a while for them to come into paperback. I really wish i’d not wasted my money! I didnt know anything about Howard Jacobsons writing so didnt know what to expect. All I can say really is… can someone translate it for me please? There are moments of clarity in his writing but then off it goes again

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the tidal zone by sarah moss

i’m not sure why but i often find that books which have had rave reviews can leave me quite cold, it happened recently with this First let me say a huge thanks to Granta for sending me a copy of this I blooming love this cover, love the synopsis and the whole quality of publication. Its the first book from Granta i’ve read and the first Sarah Moss too.  Given all that i thought i would adore this but, NO! I can’t really say much without giving the game away which i never do so its hard for me to

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BOOK REVIEW – Bodies of Water by V.H. Leslie

This was kindly sent to me by a lovely publishing house called Salt Publishing after I requested a copy to review. From the back of the book: After ministering to fallen women in Victorian London, Evelyn has suffered a nervous breakdown and finds herself treated by the Water Doctors in the imposing Wakewater House, a hydropathy sanatorium. Years later, Wakewater House is renovated into modern apartments and Kirsten moves in, fresh from a break up and eager for the restorative calm of the Thames. But her archivist neighbour, Manon, fills her head with the river’s murky past and with those

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3 Books that have let me down

Now I don’t expect to like every book i buy or receive for review, its a rare person that does in my opinion but there have been 3 books recently which I felt certain I would love, not like, love. Sadly that didnt happen. What books were they? After buying and adoring her first book, In a dark dark wood last year I was so excited to hear she had a second book coming out soon. I was even more excited to receive an early copy of it the other week. Imagine then my disappointment when i discovered that its

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Book Blog Tour – The Museum of Heartbreak

Today on Book Magpie I am lucky enough to be the second stop on Meg Leder’s ‘The Museum of Heartbreak’ tour. and I have not one but two exciting things for you in this post! Yes! am i spoiling you or what? “the Museum of Heartbreak explores the giddy confusion, inevitable sadness and sheer joy of growing up and falling in love” First up is an exclusive article written by Meg where she shares her memories of being young and in love. I’m sure we all have our own memories of those, good and bad. and….. secondly I have a

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Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

I did not know of Kent Haruf until I read about his passing recently. This made me check out some of his books and i ended up buying this, partly on so many recommendations and partly on it sounding such a lovely story. What an incredibly moving story, and i’m sure a fitting tribute to Kent Haruf as this was his final novel written during his last months of life. “This is a love story. About growing old with grace” Addie and Louis are two elderly neighbours and acquaintances who begin seeing each other and discover that life can still

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Thank go to Becky at Penguin Random House for this early copy, and as you can see from the top photo it came wrapped up in a sort of spoof newspaper featuring parts of the novel. Such a clever idea!  I tell you those publicity folk know their onions. They make getting a proof such an exciting thing for us. You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall This is the kind of book that i thrive on reading. A heart stopping, fast pacing, thrill of a ride. It has to be adapted into a TV

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