Anna Wharton – Q&A

Anna Wharton’s debut novel, The Imposter, was published by Mantle on 1 April 2021. Anna kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Imposter. The Imposter is a psychological drama ostensibly about a newspaper archivist, Chloe, who becomes obsessed with the story of a little girl who went missing 25…

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…

A. B. Kyazze – Q&A

A. B. Kyazze is the author of Into the Mouth of the Lion, which was published by Unbound on 6 May 2021. She kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Into the Mouth of the Lion. Into the Mouth of the Lion is the story of a young photographer…

Jackie Fraser – Q&A

Jackie Fraser’s novel, The Bookshop of Second Chances was published by Simon & Schuster on 2 September 2021. 1. Tell us a little about The Bookshop of Second Chances. It’s about Thea, a woman in mid-life whose life has collapsed. She loses her job, and then discovers that her husband’s been sleeping with a friend…

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…

Dreaming of Rose. A Biographer’s Journal by Sarah LeFanu – review

Published by Handheld Press Publication date – 6 July 2021 Source – review copy In 2003 the former Women’s Press editor and literary critic Sarah LeFanu published her acclaimed biography of Rose Macaulay with Virago Press. As well as writing the biography, LeFanu was keeping a detailed journal of her research trips and her processes…

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…

Heather Barnett – Q&A

Heather Barnett’s debut novel, Acts of Kindness, was published by Serpentine Books on 5 March 2021. Heather kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Acts of Kindness. It’s a light-hearted mystery which follows Bella Black as she moves out of London to her dream job in a sleepy Wiltshire…

Skin Care by Caroline Hirons – review

Published by HQ Publication date – 25 June 2020 Source – review copy Caroline Hirons is the authority in skincare – and for the first time, she’s sharing her knowledge with the world. With over 100 million views of her blog and over 13 million views of her YouTube videos, she cuts out the jargon,…

Sue Divin – Q&A

Sue Divin’s novel, Guard Your Heart was published by Macmillan Children’s on 1 April 2021. Sue kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Guard Your Heart. Guard Your Heart is a YA/Crossover Romeo and Juliet set in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 2016. It’s a contemporary, gritty and fast paced…