The Last Library by Freya Sampson – review

Published by Zaffre Publication date – 2 September 2021 Source – review copy You can tell a lot about a person from the library books they borrow Library assistant June knows a lot about the regulars at Chalcot Library, yet they know very little about her. When her mum – the beloved local librarian –…

Emma Haughton – Q&A

Emma Haughton is the author of Cruel Heart Broken, Better Left Buried and Now You See Me. Her latest novel, The Dark,  was published by Hodder & Stoughton on 19 August 2021. Emma kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Dark. The Dark follows the story of Kate…

A Single Rose by Muriel Barbery – review

Published by Gallic Press Publication date – 23 September 2021 Source – review copy Translated by Alison Anderton Rose has turned 40, but has barely begun to live. When the Japanese father she never knew dies and she finds herself an orphan, she leaves France for Kyoto to hear the reading of his will. In…

Beth Lewis – Q&A

Beth Lewis is the author of The Wolf Road and Bitter Sun. Her latest novel, The Origins of Iris, was published by Hodder Studio on 19 August 2021. Beth kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Origins of Iris. The Origins of Iris is my third novel, it’s…

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…