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…

20 Books of Summer 2021 – a roundup

So 20 Books of Summer 2021 has come to a close. As a brief recap, the idea, the brainchild of Cathy at 756Books, is to read 20 books between June and September. Now lots of people choose their 20 books and work their way through them. Because I have a rather fickle nature when it comes…

Balancing the Books – August 2021

So that was August. It brought a trip to the seaside, 2p slot machines, fish and chips and buckets and spades. It also didn’t see a lot of reading. Sometimes the mind doesn’t always want to get stuck in a book, no matter how much the body is willing. It started out so well, as…

A Numbers Game by R J Dark – extract

A Numbers Game by R J Dark was published by Wavesback on 4 June 2021. Today I have an extract to share. Trolley Mick I heard him coming before I saw him. Kyle, or Ronaldo, went outside and gave some signal, then the whine of an electric motor heralded Trolley Mick’s arrival. In the eighties…

Balancing the Books – July 2021

July has been and gone and left us with that most dreaded of occasions. I am of course referring to the school holidays. Cue 6 weeks of “what can I have to eat?” without respite. It also tends to mean less time to read. Whilst usually the summer holidays bring us a glimpse of the…

Earth 101: Time to Run by Emae Church – extract

Emae Church’s debut novel, Earth 101: Time to Run was published Korudaz Ink on 25 April 2021. Today I have an extract to share with you. It’s been a troubling week since that night with Laura. The storm which threatened to attack brushed us by, but the dark clouds linger in my head. My heart…

A Book is a Half Read Thing

I have many, many books to read, dotted (someone who will not be named would say littered) about the house and not enough time to read them in. Sometimes I agree to review a book by a certain date so I have to stop reading a book I have started and crack on with another….

Polly Phillips – Q&A

Polly Phillips is the author of My Best Friend’s Murder which was published by Simon and Schuster in ebook format on 22 January 2021. It was published in paperback on 8 July 2021. Polly kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about My Best Friend’s Murder. My Best Friend’s Murder…

Oakwood Falls by D. C. Brockwell – extract

Oakwood Falls by D. C. Brockwell was published by Spellbound Books on 1 July 2021. Today I have an extract to share with you. Carrie gasped when the brambles dragged shorter, squat guy past his partners. He cried during his trip, trying desperately to free himself. The rest of his gang stood there, watching, their…