The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman – review

Published by Viking Publication date – 16 September 2021 Source – review copy It’s the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a…

Under the Reader’s Radar – celebrating the quiet novel

There are thousands upon thousands of books published each year. Only a small percentage of those make it to the best-seller list. That doesn’t mean that the rest aren’t worthy of reading. It may be that they are written by self-published authors who don’t have the marketing knowledge or a small independent publisher who doesn’t have…

Sue Teddern – Q&A

Sue Teddern’s debut novel, Annie Stanley All at Sea, was published by Mantle on 8 July 2021. Sue kindly answered a few of my questions. 1.Tell us a little about Annie Stanley all at Sea. Annie Stanley is an unemployed teacher who is taking time out from work, relationships and responsibility. When her father dies,…

The Fair Botanists by Sara Sheridan – review

Published by Hodder & Stoughton Publication date – 5 August 2021 Source – review copy Could one rare plant hold the key to a thousand riches? It’s the summer of 1822 and Edinburgh is abuzz with rumours of King George IV’s impending visit. In botanical circles, however, a different kind of excitement has gripped the…

P. D. Elliott – Q&A

P. D. Elliott’s novel, Too Much to Ask was published on 5 February 2021. P.D Elliott kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Too Much to Ask. Too Much To Ask is an emotional rollercoaster of love, loss and new life. It’s a story told from the perspectives of…

DESIblitz Literature Festival 2021 -18 September to 1 October 2021

The DESIblitz Literature Festival 2021 is the UK’s leading South Asian Literature Festival. Opening in Birmingham City Centre on 18th of September, the festival a mix is a mix of in-person and digital events and runs until 1st October. All tickets are free apart from three headline events at £2.99 per ticket with Sathnam Sanghera, Nikesh Shukla and a…

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke – review

Published by Bloomsbury Publication date – 2 September 2021 Source – review copy Piranesi lives in the House. Perhaps he always has. In his notebooks, day after day, he makes a clear and careful record of its wonders: the labyrinth of halls, the thousands upon thousands of statues, the tides that thunder up staircases, the…

Owen Dwyer – Q&A

The Garfield Conspiracy by Owen Dwyer was published by Liberties Press on 7 September 2021. Owen kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Garfield Conspiracy. A writer, writing a book about the assassination of President James Garfield in 1881, leaves his wife and moves in with his young…

Anna Wharton – Q&A

Anna Wharton’s debut novel, The Imposter, was published by Mantle on 1 April 2021. Anna kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Imposter. The Imposter is a psychological drama ostensibly about a newspaper archivist, Chloe, who becomes obsessed with the story of a little girl who went missing 25…

20 Books of Summer 2021 – a roundup

So 20 Books of Summer 2021 has come to a close. As a brief recap, the idea, the brainchild of Cathy at 756Books, is to read 20 books between June and September. Now lots of people choose their 20 books and work their way through them. Because I have a rather fickle nature when it comes…