The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim – review

Published by Vintage Publication date  – 9 July 2015 Source – own copy Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Arbuthnot, cowed and neglected by their husbands, make a daring plan: they will have a holiday. Leaving a drab and rainy London one April and arriving on the shores of the Mediterranean, they discover a flower-filled paradise of…

Julia Heaberlin – Q&A

Julia Heaberlin is the author of Playing Dead, Lie Still and Sunday Times best-selling Black-Eyed Susans. Her latest novel, Paper Ghosts is published by Michael Joseph on 19 April 2018. Julia kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Paper Ghosts. I like to call it a spooky slow dance…

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths – review

Published by Quercus Publication date 2 June 2016 (orginially published 2009) Source – own copy Dr Ruth Galloway is called in when a child’s bones are discovered near the site of a pre-historic henge on the north Norfolk salt marshes. Are they the remains of a local girl who disappeared ten years earlier – or…

Peter Swanson – Q&A

Peter Swanson is the author of the LA Times book award nominated The Girl With a Clock for a Heart, the Ian Fleming Silver Dagger shortlisted The Kind Worth Killing and Her Every Fear. His latest novel, All the Beautiful Lies was published by Faber on 5 April 2018. Peter kindly answered a few of…

Simon McDermott – Q&A

Simon McDermott’s memoir The Songaminute Man, details the life of his father, Ted, and how Ted’s Alzheimer’s led him to have fans all around the world. It was published by HQ Stories on 5 April 2018. Simon kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Songaminute Man. The Songaminute…

Young Anne by Dorothy Whipple – review

Published by Persephone Books Publication date – 19 April 2018 Source – review copy Young Anne follows the life of Anne Pritchard from a young girl of five to a grown woman in her early twenties. The story shows Anne’s early years, her time at school, falling in love and her first job. There are…

Oggy Boytchev – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Oggy Boytchev. Oggy is the author of Simpson and I and his debut novel, The Unbeliever was published by Quartet Books on 9 April 2018. Oggy kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Unbeliever. The Unbeliever is a story based on a real-life…

Louise Candlish – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Louise Candlish to the blog. Louise is the author of eleven novels including The Swimming Pool, The Sudden Departure of the Frasers, The Disappearance of Emily Marr, The Island Hideaway, The Second Husband and Other People’s Secrets. Her latest novel, Our House, was published by Simon and Schuster on 5…

Chagall and Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Olivia Kiernan to the blog. Olivia is the author of Too Close to Breathe which was published by Riverrun on 5 April 2018. Today Olivia has written a guest post about Chagall’s influences on her novel. TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE follows the investigation by DCS Frankie Sheehan into the murder…