Ivy and Abe by Elizabeth Enfield – extract

Elizabeth Enfield is the author of Ivy and Abe, which is published by Michael Joseph on 28 June 2018. Michael Jospeh have kindly allowed me to share an extract from the book. Eventually, I allow myself a quick sidelong glance. He definitely reminds me of someone, or perhaps it’s just the hat. I go back…

Joy Rhoades – Q&A

Joy Rhoades is the author of The Woolgrower’s Companion which was published by Vintage on 8 June 2018. Joy kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Woolgrower’s Companion The Woolgrower’s Companion is the story of one young woman’s fight to save her farm, set against the backdrop of…

Andrew Michael Hurley – Q&A

Andrew Michael Hurley is the author of the Costa prize winning novel The Loney. His second novel was Devil’s Day. He has contributed a short story in Seaside Special, which was published by Bluemoose Books on 16 May 2018. Andrew is in conversation with Melissa Wan, discussing Seaside Stories, at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival…

Laura Pearson – Q&A

Laura Pearson’s debut novel, Missing Pieces, was published by Agora Books on 21 June 2018. Laura kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Missing Pieces. It’s about what happens to an ordinary family when they suffer a terrible tragedy. Three-year-old Phoebe has died and her parents and older sister…

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling – review

Published by Harper Collins Publication date – 10 August 2017 Source – review copy It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good job, four bossy sisters and a needy cat must also have want of her one true love. Or is it? Another delightful novel from the author of…

Máire Brophy – Q&A

Máire Brophy’s debut novel, After the World, was published by Strange Fiction Press on 8 May 2018. Máire kindly answered a few of my questions 1. Tell us a little about After the World. After the world is a fantasy novella. It’s the story of an orc general surviving after his world is gone. He’s…

City of Masks by S D Sykes – review

Published by Hodder and Stoughton Publication date – 13 July 2017 Source – review copy 1358. Oswald de Lacy, Lord Somershill, is in Venice, awaiting a pilgrim galley to the Holy Land. While the city is under siege from the Hungarians, Oswald lodges with an English merchant, and soon comes under the dangerous spell of…

Helen Matthews – Q&A

Helen Matthews debut novel, After Leaving the Village, was published by Hashtag Press on 12 October 2017. Helen kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us about After Leaving the Village. In a remote Albanian village, seventeen-year old Odeta feels trapped in her routine existence – working in her father’s grocery store. It…

Ghost by James Swallow – extract

James Swallow is the Sunday Times best-selling author of over 45 books including the Nomad and Exile from the Marc Danes series. His latest novel in the series, Ghost, was published by Bonnier Zaffre on 31 May 2018. Bonnier Zaffre have kindly allowed me to share an extract from the book. He’d raced through a…

Susi Fox – Q&A

Susi Fox’s debut novel, Mine, was published by Penguin on 1 April 2018. Susi kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Mine. After years of infertility, a woman gives birth to a baby but when she sees him for the first time, she is adamant he is not her…