Balancing the Books – March 2021

2021 keeps on marching on at a pace, despite of the lockdown. The evenings keep on getting lighter, the weather usually warmer and the sense of Spring is definitely in the air. Reading took a bit of a back burner this month as I discovered Unforgotten and had to binge watch the first three series…

Carole Johnstone – Q&A

Carole Johnstone is the author of Mirrorland, published by Borough Press in ebook on 1 April 2021 and hardback on 15th April 2021. Carole kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Mirrorland. Mirrorland is a gothic thriller set in Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s about estranged identical twin sisters, Cat and…

The Consequences of Fear by Jacqueline Winspear – extract

The Consequences of Fear by Jacqueline Winspear is the 16th Maisie Dobbs novel. It was published by Allison & Busby 23 March 2021. Today I have an extract to share. That’s when he saw two men ahead, illuminated by a Bomber’s Moon and falling incendiaries. He didn’t like what he saw – there was shouting,…

The Woman Novelist and other stories by Diana Gardner – review

Published by Persephone Books Publication date – 22 March 2006 Source – own copy A selection of Diana Gardner’s 1940s short stories. The fifteen stories are very different from one another, but they share a characteristically sharp, sardonic quality. I’ve come to appreciate the skill and beauty of a short story over the last few…

Lorraine Brown – Q&A

Lorraine Brown’s debut novel, Uncoupling, was published by Orion on 18 February 2021. Lorraine kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Uncoupling. Uncoupling is my debut novel and was published by Orion on the 18th February in the UK and will be out with Penguin Random House in the…

The World at My Feet by Catherine Isaac – extract

Catherine Isaac is the author of nine novels under the name Jane Costello and You, Me, Everything and Messy, Wonderful Us as Catherine Isaac.  Her latest novel, The World at My Feet was published by Simon and Schuster on 18 March 2021. Today I have an extract from the book. One of the most common…

Lucy Nichol – Q&A

Lucy Nichol is the author of The 27 Club which was published on 19 January 2021. Lucy kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Twenty Seven Club. The Twenty Seven Club is about 26 year old Emma, a rock music fan from Hull who finds herself brimming with…

This Nowhere Place by Natasha Bell – review

Published by Michael Joseph Publication date – 18 March 2021 Source – review copy Ten years ago, Mo arrived at the white cliffs of Dover, befriended by teenagers Cali and Jude. They thought they’d save each other, yet within months their friendship would see two of them dead and the third scarred for life. Now…

S. V. Leonard – Q&A

S. V. Leonard is the author of The Islanders which was published by Canelo on 11 March 2021. She kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Islanders. Kimberley King has spent the last five years trying to outrun the reason she left the police force. Her life is…

Rathbones Folio Prize

The Rathbones Folio Prize is to be held on Wednesday 24 March 2021.  The prize – known as the “writers’ prize” — rewards the best work of literature of the year, regardless of form. The only award governed by an international academy of distinguished writers and critics, it ensures a unique quality and consistency in…