Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry – extract

Jessica Barry is the author of Look For Me (previously known as Freefall). Her latest novel, Don’t Turn Around, is published by Vintage on 15 April 2021. Today I have an extract from the book. Chapter 6 TWO AND A HALF YEARS EARLIER Rebecca’s palms were slick with sweat, and she wiped them discreetly down…

Eleni Kyriacou – Q&A

Eleni Kyriacou is the author of She Came to Stay, which was published by Hodder & Stoughton in paperback on 25 February 2021. Eleni kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about She Came to Stay. She Came To Stay is set during the Great Smog of 1952 and is…

Under the Reader’s Radar – celebrating the quiet novel

There are thousands upon thousands of books published each year. Only a small percentage of those make it to the best-seller list. That doesn’t mean that the rest aren’t worthy of reading. It may be that they are written by self-published authors who don’t have the marketing knowledge or a small independent publisher who doesn’t have…

A. J. Gnuse – Q&A

A. J. Gnuse is the author of Girl in the Walls, his debut novel, published by Fourth Estate on 1 April 2021. He kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Girl in the Walls. Girl in the Walls is the story of eleven-year-old Elise, an orphan who has snuck…

V. L. Valentine – Q&A

V. L. Valentine is the author of The Plague Letters, published by Viper Books on 1 April 2021. She kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Plague Letters. It puts you right smack in the middle of the last great plague epidemic to hit London – in 1665….

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…