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…

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…

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…

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…

Dreaming of Rose. A Biographer’s Journal by Sarah LeFanu – review

Published by Handheld Press Publication date – 6 July 2021 Source – review copy In 2003 the former Women’s Press editor and literary critic Sarah LeFanu published her acclaimed biography of Rose Macaulay with Virago Press. As well as writing the biography, LeFanu was keeping a detailed journal of her research trips and her processes…

Skin Care by Caroline Hirons – review

Published by HQ Publication date – 25 June 2020 Source – review copy Caroline Hirons is the authority in skincare – and for the first time, she’s sharing her knowledge with the world. With over 100 million views of her blog and over 13 million views of her YouTube videos, she cuts out the jargon,…

Guilty Creatures edited by Martin Edwards – review

Published by The British Library Publication date – 10 June 2021 Source – review copy Since the dawn of the crime fiction genre, animals of all kinds have played a memorable part in countless mysteries, and in a variety of roles: the perpetrator, the key witness, the sleuth’s trusted companion. This collection of fourteen stories…

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton – review

Published by Penguin Publication date – 22 July 2021 Source – review copy Nina Dean has arrived at her early thirties as a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood. When she meets Max, a beguiling romantic hero who tells her on date one that he’s going to…

Murder by Milk Bottle by Lynne Truss – review

Published by Bloomsbury Raven Publication date – 22 July 2021 Source – review copy The August bank holiday is approaching and after two extremely high-profile murder cases, Constable Twitten is eagerly anticipating a quiet spell at work. But then they find the bodies – and the milk bottles. Three seemingly unconnected victims – a hard-working…

Annie Stanley all at Sea by Sue Teddern – review

Published by Mantle Publication date – 8 July 2021 Source – review copy Annie is single, unemployed and just a bit stuck when her beloved father dies unexpectedly. Furious at his partner’s plans to scatter his ashes somewhere of no emotional significance, Annie seizes the urn and, on a whim, decides to take it on…