Yours Cheerfully by A J Pearce – review

Published by Picador Publication date – 24 June 2021 Source – review copy London, September, 1941. Following the departure of the formidable Editor, Henrietta Bird, from Woman’s Friend magazine, things are looking up for Emmeline Lake as she takes on the challenge of becoming a young wartime advice columnist. Her relationship with boyfriend Charles is blossoming, while…

Quick Reads 2021 – Saving the Day by Katie Fforde – review

Published by Arrow Publication date – 27 May 2021 Source – review copy She has only one chance to turn her life around… Allie is bored with her job and starting to wonder whether she even likes her boyfriend, Ryan. The high point in her day is passing a café on her walk home from…

Kate Sawyer – Q&A

Kate Sawyer’s debut novel, The Stranding is published by Coronet on 24 June 2021. Kate kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Stranding. My debut novel, The Stranding, is about Ruth Lancaster, a British woman in her late thirties. Through two intertwined timelines the book charts her life…

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…

Tension by E M Delafield – review

Published by British Library Publishing Publication date – 13 May 2021 Source – review copy Tension is part of a curated collection of forgotten works by early to mid-century women writers. The best middlebrow fiction from the 1910s to the 1960s, offering escapism, popular appeal and plenty of period detail to amuse, surprise and inform. “I…

The Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah – review

Published by Harper Collins Publication date – 13 May 2021 Source – review copy Hercule Poirot is travelling by luxury passenger coach from London to the exclusive Kingfisher Hill estate, where Richard Devonport has summoned him to prove that his fiancée, Helen, is innocent of the murder of his brother, Frank. But there is a strange…

Where Stands a Winged Sentry by Margaret Kennedy – review

Published by Handheld Press Publication date – 23 March 2021 Source – review copy ‘Most people knew in their hearts that the lid had been taken off hell, and that what had been done in Guernica would one day be done in London, Paris and Berlin.’ Margaret Kennedy’s prophetic words, written about the pre-war mood in…

Lorraine Wilson – Q&A

Lorraine Wilson is the author of This Is Our Undoing which is published by Luna Press on 3 August 2021. Lorraine kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about This Is Our Undoing. This Is Our Undoing is about a scientist called Lina whose safe haven – a remote research…

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…