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…

Around the world in 80(+) books

I do like to challenge myself every now and then, though I’m not sure why I put the pressure on myself. This time I’ve decided I want to read a book or short story set in, or at least partly taking place in,  or written by someone from every country in the world. Now of…

Tell Me a Secret by Jane Fallon – review

Published by Penguin Publication date – 10 January 2019 Source – review copy Best friends Holly and Roz tell each other everything. So when Holly gets a shot at her dream job after putting everything on hold to raise her daughter, she assumes Roz will be waiting to pop the champagne. But is she just…

The Break Line by James Brabazon – extract

James Brabazon’s debut novel, The Break Line is published by Penguin on 24 January 2019. Penguin have kindly allowed me to share an extract from the book with you. He eased himself off the bed and stood an arm’s length in front of me: six foot six and two hundred and fifty pounds of soft-…

Sadie Pearse – Q&A

Sadie Pearse’s novel, This Child of Ours, was published by Sphere on Sadie kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about This Child of Ours. It’s part love story, part moral dilemma – Sally and Theo are a loving couple, enjoying life with their 7-year-old daughter Riley. Then one day…

Red Snow by Will Dean – review

Published by Point Blank Books Publication date – 10 January 2019 Source – review copy TWO BODIES One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik? TWO COINS Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend…

When All is Said by Anne Griffin – review

Published  by Sceptre Publication date – 24 January 2019 Source – review copy I’m here to remember – all that I have been and all that I will never be again.’ At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual -though tonight is anything…

Reading Bingo 2018

I spotted Book Bingo posts from the fabulous bloggers Cleo over at CleopatraLovesBooks and Marina at Finding Time to Write and I thought it seemed like a fun way of looking at the books I had read over the year. I gave it a go last year and thought I’d try my hand at it…