Balancing the Books – February 2021

February has been and gone. It went by in a blur of home-schooling, work and well home-schooling and work. Just as Spring is making it’s first tentative steps into 2021, there appears to be some light at the end of the lockdown tunnel, though hopefully that light is daylight and not those of a train….

Lightseekers by Femi Kayode – review

Published by Bloomsbury Raven Publication date – 4 February 2021 Source – review copy When three young students are brutally murdered in a Nigerian university town, their killings – and their killers – are caught on social media. The world knows who murdered them; what no one knows is why. As the legal trial begins,…

BBC Maestro – David Walliams Mini Maestro Writing Course

As we all know, lockdown has been a challenge for everyone. Those with children will know the challenges they have faced and that the children have had to deal with. Home-schooling has become something that children have had to adapt to and keeping them engaged has become a full time job for parents everywhere. With…

Black Widows by Cate Quinn – review

Published by Orion Publication date – 4 February 2021 Source – review copy Blake’s dead. His wife killed him. The question is: which one? The only thing the three women had in common was their husband. And, as of this morning, that they’re each accused of his murder. Blake Nelson moved into a hidden stretch…

Laura Shepherd-Robinson – Q&A

Laura Shepherd-Robinson is the author of Blood & Sugar. Her latest novel, Daughters of Night, was published by Mantle on 18 February 2021. Laura kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Daughters of Night. It is set in London in 1782. At the start of the book, my main…

Bethany Clift – Q&A

Bethany Clift’s debut novel, Last One at the Party, was published by Hodder & Stoughton on  4 February 2021. Bethany kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Last One at the Party. Last One At The Party is a about the last woman left alive after a global pandemic…

A Wedding in the Country by Katie Fforde – review

Published by Century Publication date – 18 February 2021 Source – review copy Lizzy has just arrived in London and is determined to make the best of her new life. Her mother may be keen that she should meet a Suitable Man and have a nice wedding in the country, but Lizzy is determined to…

The Strays of Paris by Jane Smiley – review

Published by Mantle Publication date – 18 February 2021 Source – review copy Paras is a spirited young racehorse living in a stable in the French countryside. That is until one afternoon when she pushes open the gate of her stall and, travelling through the night, arrives quite by chance in the dazzling streets of…

Philippa East – Q&A

Philippa East is the author of Little White Lies. Her latest novel, Safe and Sound, is published by HQ on 18 February 2021. Philippa kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Safe and Sound. Safe and Sound is my second novel, and like my debut (Little White Lies) it’s…

Cat Walker – Q&A

Cat Walker’s novel, The Scoop, was published by Red Door Press on 19 March 2020. Cat kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Scoop. The Scoop is essentially the story of hapless thirty-something Casey Jones. Or maybe it’s about all of us. Casey wakes up one day to…