Lucy Jago – Q&A

Lucy Jago’s debut novel, A Net for Small Fishes, is published by Bloomsbury on 4 February 2021. Lucy kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about A Net for Small Fishes. The story is about a friendship between two very different women, Anne Turner, a doctor’s widow, and the Countess…

Read Christie 2021 – the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge

The clever people behind the official website of Agatha Christie have devised their third Christie reading challenge. The prompts this year celebrate popular scenes, settings and tropes Christie’s novels. I’ve missed the first two challenges but when I saw this I thought it would be fun to join in. The challenges to tick off are:…

The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean – review

Published by Hodder & Stoughton Publication date – 7 January 2021 Source – review copy He is her husband. She is his captive. Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name. She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped….

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…