Ruthless Women by Melanie Blake – extract

Melanie Blake is the author of The Thunder Girls. Her latest novel, Ruthless Women, is published by Head of Zeus on 18 February 2021. Today I have an extract from the book. It was not unusual for fans of one of the world’s mostfamous soap operas to spend hours on Google Earthzooming in on Falcon…

Charlotte Levin – Q&A

Charlotte Levin’s debut novel If I Can’t Have You is released in paperback by Pan Macmillan on 4 February 2020. Charlotte kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about If I Can’t Have You. Constance Little is an emotionally damaged young woman, struggling to cope with the loss of her…

Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyll – review

Published by Persephone Books Publication date – 20 October 2008 Source – loaned copy The author of Kitchen Essays (1922) was sister-in-law to the great Gertrude Jekyll, whose biographer wrote that if she ‘was an artist-gardener, then Agnes was an artist-housekeeper.’ Agnes was a famous hostess (the guests at her first dinner party included Browning, Ruskin and…

Balancing the Books – January 2021

January is behind us. For some it will have been the longest January ever. For others it will have been busy enough to keep them occupied enough. For us, it’s been a daily balance of working full time and home-schooling children, a balance that hasn’t always been maintained. This has meant I’ve not had as…

Lucy Jago – Q&A

Lucy Jago’s debut novel, A Net for Small Fishes, is published by Bloomsbury on 4 February 2021. Lucy kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about A Net for Small Fishes. The story is about a friendship between two very different women, Anne Turner, a doctor’s widow, and the Countess…