New review from Baggybookworm

  New review up today for The Last Train Home & Other Stories; check it out here!   Baggybookworm is a well-ranged, general review site just coming back from a hiatus – check out past reviews and Follow for notification of future ones.   Thanks Branka!  

TEN… creepy books to read this Hallowe’en

  It’s definitely feeling autumnal here in London, even if the beautiful orange and gold of the turned leaves is being faded out by a lingering fog of almost Dickensian proportions. This weekend the clocks go back and it will be getting dark  and colder at around three o’clock in the afternoon! Definitely the right […]

TEN… books about Anne Boleyn

  Do not believe for one second that the pinnacle of ‘Anne Boleyn’ focused historical fiction is ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’. Philippa Gregory is great for an interesting – and easy – historical read, but her Anne was a two-dimensional bitch and, as a result, so many people now automatically share that view. Unforgivable! Give […]

New review from HotLit Books

  Pleased as punch that today HotLit Books gave The Last Train Home & Other Stories a whopping five stars and a ‘Read Now’ rating!   Check out the review here – and remember to peruse the rest of the site for more indie gems.   Thanks HotLit Books!!  

Review: The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

    I received a copy of this book from the author via the Goodreads ‘First Reads’ programme.  As a result of global unrest, economy collapse and resulting food shortages, Canada, America and Mexico have come together to form one supercountry, the UNA – or United Northern Alliance – which is at war with other […]

Powder Keg Diplomacy

  147 St John’s Hill, SW11 1TQ || 0207 450 6457 || ||       I’d often gone past Powder Keg Diplomacy on the bus, noting the great name and that it always seemed to be full of happy customers, so when I came to research for a night out in Clapham […]

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

      [I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]   I freely admit I thought this book was going to be DREADFUL. It markets itself as ‘The Hunger Games’ meets ‘The Bachelor’ like that sounds like a good thing. There has been heavy […]

TEN… books to make you cry

  “The world is not a wish-granting factory.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars     Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high […]

Review: The Secrets of Science by Lily Fox

    5 stars.   I am hoping very much that books like this will lead to resurgence in popularity of the short story anthology. When done well – and this one is done exceedingly well – they are perfectly       suited to modern life – accessible to read both quickly and over extended periods of […]

A Beautiful Mess

  There’s a great review up for The Last Train Home on  A Beautiful Mess. Thanks so much!   I highly recommend you check out the whole blog whilst you’re there and perhaps subscribe; the blogger has just emigrated from the UK to Germany and is charting her progress and experiences. Very interesting reading!