Balancing the Books – May 2021

The year is gathering apace as we enter soon come to the half way point of 2021. They say that time flies when you are having fun. Whilst there have been times when the day seemed interminable, I have begun to think that time does speed up, the older I get. I still occasionally feel…

Derby Book Festival – 27 May to 5 June 2021

Book Festival season is upon us and as the world starts to slowly peep out from behind Covid bunkers people are thinking about attending their favourite events. If you still aren’t sure about venturing out but like the sound of sitting in on book talks then the Derby Literature Festival may be for you. A…

20 Books of Summer 2021

So it’s that time of year again.  Devised by Cathy at 746Books the aim is to read 20 books between 1 June and 1 September. I  have taken part for the last four years. I think I’ve only made it once! You can read about the challenge on Cathy’s excellent blog here. I think I’m…

Kirsty Capes – Q&A

Kirsty Capes is the author of Careless, which was published by Orion on 13 May 2021. Kirsty kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Careless. Careless is a coming-of-age story that follows Bess, who is in foster care and pregnant at fifteen. Bess doesn’t have anyone looking out for…

Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T. A. Willberg – review

Published by Trapeze Publication date – 13 May 2021 Source – review copy London, 1958: Elaborately disguised and hidden deep beneath the city’s streets lies the world of Miss Brickett’s, a secret detective agency. From traversing deceptive escape rooms full of baited traps and hidden dangers, to engineering almost magical mechanical gadgets, apprentice detectives at…

Balancing the Books – April 2021

Well May has arrived already. The year that threatened to drag appears to have speeded up. I found myself back in my natural environment last month. That’s right, the first none food shop I found myself in was a bookshop. Books were bought, shelfies were taken. It was glorious. April also saw me chair my…

The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent – giveaway

The Summer Job is the debut adult novel by Lizzy Dent and was published by Viking on 15 April 2021. It has had TV rights optioned and will be coming to our screens as a TV series. Lizzy mis)spent her early twenties working in Scotland in hospitality, in a hotel not unlike the one Birdy…

Stay at Home Literary Festival 2021

The Stay at Home Literary Festival is back. The brainchild of author and senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow CJ Cooke, the festival began last year as a single tweet. A few short weeks later the festival launched, bringing together 220 authors and industry professionals with support from lead partner, Paper Nations. With 145…