Amour: How the French Talk About Love by Stefania Rousselle – review

Published by Viking Publication date – 23 January 2020 Source – review copy Award-winning journalist and documentary maker Stefania Rousselle had stopped believing in love. She had covered a series of bleak assignments, from terrorist attacks to the rise of the far right. Her relationship had fallen apart. Her faith in humanity was shaken. She…

Beginner’s Spanish by the Superpolygotbros – guest post

The Superpolygotbros Beginner’s Spanish is out now from Audible. Todat the brothers give a little insight into how to learn Spanish. How to learn Spanish… in less than 20 minutes a day! Ever wanted to learn a language but thought that it was just too difficult? We wouldn’t blame you. From media articles telling us…

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano – review

Published by Viking Publication date – 20 February 2020 Source – review copy Los Angeles. There are 192 passengers aboard: among them a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane toilet; a Wall Street millionaire flirting with the air hostess; an injured soldier returning from Afghanistan; and two beleaguered parents moving across the…

The House on the Lake by Nuala Ellwood – extract

The House on the Lake, the latest book by Nuala Ellwood, is published by Viking on 20 February 2020. Today I have an extract of the book. Prologue Blood. That’s all I can think about as I sit here huddled in the corner. I close my eyes but I can still see it, a dark…

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

My to be read pile can be seen from space. In fact, it’s getting so big it may eclipse the sun.  It obviously doesn’t stop me from adding to it regularly or visiting the library for a temporary rehoming of books, because books are one of my major food groups. I will admit though that…

Balancing the Books – January 2020

I don’t usually do a reading round up or do a book haul post. That said I thought it might be interesting (for me at least), if I had a look at how many books I manage to read in a month and compare it to how many arrive in the house. I think the…

The Burning Men by Will Schindler – review

Published by Hodder & Stoughton Publication date – 6 February 2020 Source – review copy When a development in South London catches fire mid-construction, a close-knit team of fire fighters runs in to save a man spotted at the window. They come out without a body. They quit the service. They plan never to speak…

Highfire by Eoin Colfer – review

Published by Jo Fletcher Publication date – 28 January 2020 Source – review copy Squib Moreau may be swamp-wild, but his intentions are (generally) good: he really wants to be a supportive son to his hard-working momma Elodie. But sometimes life gets in the way – like when Fake Daddy walked out on them leaving a ton…

The Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith, illustrated by Katz Cowley – review

Published by Scholastic Publication date – 1 November 2019 Source – library copy Hee haw! Say hello to the Wonky Donkey’s daughter! Hurray – it’s finally here: the laugh-out-loud follow-up to viral sensation The Wonky Donkey. But this time, your hee-hawing hero isn’t alone. The Wonky Donkey now has a stinky-punky plinky-plonky winky-tinky pinky-funky blinky-dinky…