The Man I Became by Peter Verhelst – Review

Published by Peirene Press Publication date – 9 February 2016 Source – review copy Translated by David Colmer “Huxley’s Brave New World meets Orwell’s Animal Farm. An impressively entertaining tale about the frailty of our civilization by the leading Flemish writer Peter Verhelst, now for the first time in English. Warning: this story is narrated…

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 the…

The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh – Review

Published by Century Publication date -21 April 2016 Source – Net Galley “A woman disappears One moment, Selena Cole is in the playground with her children and the next, she has vanished without a trace. A woman returns Twenty hours later, Selena is found safe and well, but with no memory of where she has…

Alison Ripley Cubitt – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Alison Ripley Cubitt to the blog. Alison is an author and screenwriter and her novels include Revolution Earth and Fractured which she co-wrote with Sean Cubitt as Lambert Nagle. Her new book, Castles in the Air is a memoir of her mother’s life and was published on 12 February 2016. Alison…

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren – Review

Published by Fleet Publication date – 21 April 2016 Source – review copy “A frank, illuminating and incandescent memoir by a trailblazing scientist; a moving portrait of a longtime collaboration in work and life; and a book that casts a whole new light on the natural world. Lab Girl is a book about work and…

Why be a fiction writer by Laurie Ellingham – Guest Post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Laurie Ellingham to the blog. Laurie is the author of The Reluctant Celebrity and her new novel, How to Throw Your Life Away was published on 14 April 2016. Laurie has written this fantastic post about being a fiction writer. Why be a fiction writer? My first paid job in…

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 the…

When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen – Review

Published by Black Swan Publication date – 21 April 2016 Source – review copy “YOU SEE THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH EVERY DAY. BUT WHAT CAN’T YOU SEE? Amira, Sarah, Paula, Ewan and Charlie have worked together for years – they know how each one likes their coffee, whose love life is a mess, whose…

Lesley Thomson – Q&A

Today I am pleased to welcome Lesley Thomson to the blog. Lesley is author of A Kind of Vanishing, The Detective’s Daughter, Ghost Girl and The Detective’s Secret. Her latest novel in The Detective’s Daughter series, The House With No Rooms is published by Head of Zeus on 21 April 2016. Lesley kindly answered a few…

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 the…

In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings – Review

Published by Orenda Books Publication date – 22 March 2016 Source – review copy “A tragic family event reveals devastating news that rips apart Bella’s comfortable existence. Embarking on a personal journey to uncover the truth, she faces a series of traumatic discoveries that take her to the ruggedly beautiful Cornish coast, where hidden truths,…

Sara Sheridan – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Sara Sheridan to the blog. Sara is the author of numerous novels including the Mirabelle Bevan series. The latest novel to feature Mirabelle, Operation Goodwood, is published by Constable on 7 April 2016 Sara kindly answered a few of my questions 1. Tell us a little about Operation Goodwood. Operation…