Matthew Ross – Q&A

Matthew Ross is the author of Death of a Painter. His latest novel, The Red Admiral’s Secret, is published by Red Dog Press on 3 February 2021. Matthew kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Mark Poynter. Mark Poynter is the reluctant protagonist in my novels: a series of…

Six Degrees of Separation – from Hamnet to The Railway Children

Six Degrees of Separation is the brainchild of Kate from Books Are My Favourite and My Best. Each month there is a different starter book and through six books, with what can be, on my part, extremely tenuous links,  you see which book you end up at. The starter book this month is Hamnet by Maggie…

Balancing the Books – December 2020

So 2020 is over. 2021 heralds perhaps much of the same, though this time we are at least forewarned as to what to expect in the coming weeks and months. We can only hope that each day becomes a little easier and do the best we can to see ourselves through the current lockdown. December…

2021 – the reading year ahead

So 2020 is nearly over and many will be pleased to see the back of it. I’ve read some great books this year and I’m already looking forward to what’s in store next year. Whilst I’m not one who worries about how many books I’ve read or whether I’m missing out on the latest proof…

Reposed Bespoke Book Box – review

So Christmas has been and gone. Some of you may have received books under the tree, others may be bookless. If you have money burning a hole in your pocket or forgot to buy that gift and want to get something a little different then the Reposed Bespoke Book Box may be for you. Over…

Book Post – Book Subscription Services

It’s round about this time of year that panic can set in. Three days until Christmas and still have presents to buy. What do you get the committed bookworm? Books are the obvious choice but unless you’ve been given a handy list (or spreadsheet) how do you know which to get? Well that’s where you…

Saving the World by Paola Diana – extract

Saving the World by Paola Diana was published by Quartet Books on 2 May 2018. Today I have an extract from the book to share with you. The global socio-economic outlook The status of women is a complicated subject, always avoided rather than addressed. Even philosophers like Aristotle and Plato never debated the issue. Even…

Deep and Crisp and Evil – snowbound books

It’s that time of year. The temperature has dropped and the nights have definitely drawn in and in fact will start drawing out again soon. I for one hope the snow won’t lay round about but I don’t mind a fictional snow drift. In fact, there’s something special about a book set in flurries of…

Balancing the Books – November 2020

So November is gone in the blink of an eye. Quite a bit of it was spent with the outside hidden away by a blanket of fog. Perfect reading weather. However if I had done more actual reading then I wouldn’t have found myself in the position of being surrounded by books and having to…

The Debutantes Ball – Part 2

Having your debut novel published is one of the greatest moments of a writer’s career. Seeing the  words that were originally a fleeting idea in your head, there on a page or screen for people to read. There may be book launches and book tours, signings and events and of course the ultimate – seeing…