Young Anne by Dorothy Whipple – review

Published by Persephone Books Publication date – 19 April 2018 Source – review copy Young Anne follows the life of Anne Pritchard from a young girl of five to a grown woman in her early twenties. The story shows Anne’s early years, her time at school, falling in love and her first job. There are…

Oggy Boytchev – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Oggy Boytchev. Oggy is the author of Simpson and I and his debut novel, The Unbeliever was published by Quartet Books on 9 April 2018. Oggy kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Unbeliever. The Unbeliever is a story based on a real-life…

Louise Candlish – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Louise Candlish to the blog. Louise is the author of eleven novels including The Swimming Pool, The Sudden Departure of the Frasers, The Disappearance of Emily Marr, The Island Hideaway, The Second Husband and Other People’s Secrets. Her latest novel, Our House, was published by Simon and Schuster on 5…

Chagall and Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Olivia Kiernan to the blog. Olivia is the author of Too Close to Breathe which was published by Riverrun on 5 April 2018. Today Olivia has written a guest post about Chagall’s influences on her novel. TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE follows the investigation by DCS Frankie Sheehan into the murder…

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland – review

Published by Bonnier Zaffre Publication date – 19 April 2018 Source – review copy Ailsa Rae is learning how to live. She’s only a few months past the heart transplant that – just in time – saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But . . . Her relationship with her mother is…

Black Swans by Eve Babitz – review

Published by Counterpoint LLC Publication date – 10 April 2018 Source – review copy   The Eve Babitz phenomenon continues with this special reissue of her 1993 story collection in a beautiful new edition A new reissue by the writer who has been acclaimed by the Boston Globe as a “true original” and by the San Francisco Chronicle as…