Balancing the Books – September 2022

So that’s September over and done with. It was, to say the least, a slightly strange month. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s a tad trying living through history as it happens. It would be nice to just take live in the time that skips the chapters in the future history…

Balancing the Books – August 2022

August is over. The month that seems to last at least three, well in this house anyway. The kids aren’t quite back at school yet (shakes fist at inset days), but there’s a trip to the seaside to ease the way. The end of August also sees the end of the #20BooksofSummer reading challenge. You…

Balancing the Books – July 2022

So we are already past the half way point of the year but we have reached the month that seems to last for six months, at least in this house it does. That’s right, it’s the school holidays. Last month saw me attend the Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate. The event ran from Thursday…

The Boy Who Rescued a Rainbow by Corrina Campbell – review

Published by Little Door Books Publication date – Source – review copy After the huge success of her debut picture book, The Girl Who Stole The Stars, Corrina brings this beautiful story about the meaning of being strong, brave and fearless. A gentle and timely picture book helping children engage and talk about feelings of…

Balancing the Books – June 2022

We are officially half way through the year. I don’t know about you but for me it seems to be flying by. I swear a year gets shorter every time. It was quiet on the book front, for incoming at least. I would have had a balance if it hadn’t been for me going to…

Perfect by Sally Emerson – review

Published by Quadrant Books Publication date – 27 May 2022 Source – review copy In these stories of the impossible, master of the domestic thriller Sally Emerson introduces the eerie into her keen-eyed portraits of everyday life. A clerk working in a public register office begins to receive death certificates dated in the future, but…

Balancing the Books – May 2022

So here we are, half way through the year already. Time seems to be flying. Talking of flying by, our week in Cornwall seemed to pass in a blink of an eye. Unfortunately the journey there and back didn’t, especially with three kids in the back and the M5 deciding we needed to spend more…

The Slow Lane Walkers Club by Rosa Temple – review

Published by Simon and Schuster Publication date – 26 May 2022 Source – review copy Daniel isn’t used to living life in the slow lane. So when he finds himself unexpectedly jobless and back in his old Cornish hometown, he can’t sit still.   Hazel used to be adventurous too. But now widowed and in…

Jinny Alexander – Q&A

Jinny Alexander’s book, Dear Isobel, was published on 14 March 2022. Jinny kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Dear Isobel. Dear Isobel tells the aftermath of the married narrator’s affair with her business partner, Charles. It includes flashback scenes that detail moments of the affair, and charts the…