Gemma Seltzer – Q&A

Gemma Seltzer’s short story collection, Ways of Living, was published by Influx Press on 15 July 2021. Gemma kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Ways of Living. Thanks Janet! Ways of Living is a collection of ten short stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary and strange things:…

Iain Hood – Q&A

Iain  Hood’s novel, This Good Book, was published by Renard Press on 16 September 2021. Iain kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about This Good Book. This Good Book is the story of two artists’ careers. Susan Alison is a figurative painter and Douglas is a conceptual installation artist….

The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer – review

Published by Arrow Publication date – 7 October 2004 Source – review copy The only question which hangs over the life of Sir Richard Wyndham, notable whip, dandy and Corinthian, is one of marriage. Wyndham is contemplating his upcoming proposal with considerable dismay, when he chances upon a beautiful young fugitive, Penelope, making a dramatic…

Óskar Guðmundsson and Quentin Bates – Q&A

The Commandments by Óskar Guðmundsson, translated by Quentin Bates, was published by Corylus Books on 29 October 2021. Óskar and Quentin kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Commandments. Óskar: The Commandments focuses on detective Salka Steinsdóttir, who has been living with her family in Britain and working…

Balancing the Books – April 2022

We have officially made it to Spring. The blossom is on the trees, the birds are up extra early because of the clocks going forward and there’s a sense of peace and quiet now the kids are back at school. For six hours a day at least. My reading slump has decided to stick around…

Sarah Lonsdale – Q&A

Rebel Women Between the Wars: Fearless Writers and Adventures by Sarah Lonsdale was published by Manchester University Press on 27 October 2020. Sarah kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Rebel Women Between the Wars: Fearless Writers and Adventurers. Rebel Women is a group biography of 13 inspirational women…

Nancy Peach – Q&A

Nancy Peach’s novel, Love Life, was published by One More Chapter on 9 December 2021. Nancy kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Love Life. Love Life is a modern-day Pride and Prejudice themed rom-com set in a hospice. It features Tess, a junior doctor with a patchy track…

Miss Aldridge Regrets by Louise Hare – review

Published by HQ Publication date – 28 April 2022 Source – review copy London, 1936 Lena Aldridge is wondering if life has passed her by. The dazzling theatre career she hoped for hasn’t worked out. Instead, she’s stuck singing in a sticky-floored basement club in Soho and her married lover has just left her. She…

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

It’s been a while since I stepped inside my local library. Over two years in fact, I wonder what could have caused that? Anyway, I’ve got myself a new library card, having misplaced my old one and last week I ventured in to see what gems were on the bookcases. I was pleased to see…

A Little Hope by Ethan Joella – review

Published by Muswell Press Publication date – 28 April 2022 Source – review copy Freddie and Greg Tyler seem to have it all: a comfortable home at the edge of the woods, a beautiful young daughter, a bond that feels unbreakable. But when Greg is diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, the…