The Winters by Lisa Gabriele #BlogTour #Review

Updating a classic is a risky proposition and, in the wrong hands, the resulting novel could turn out to be little more than a pale imitation. Fortunately, Lisa Gabriele’s new take on Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca is a strong, dynamic thriller in its own right. Rebecca was published 80 years ago, but the idea of … Continue reading The Winters by Lisa Gabriele #BlogTour #Review

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That Deplorable Boy by Jasper Barry #BlogTour #Review

I really enjoyed the first instalment of Jasper Barry’s Miremont trilogy; I loved the second. We first met Max Fabien as a footman in Belle Époque France in The Second Footman. During the course of the novel, he had caught the eye of the middle-aged Marquis de Miremont and the two had embarked on an … Continue reading That Deplorable Boy by Jasper Barry #BlogTour #Review

House of Glass by Susan Fletcher #BlogTour #Review

I loved this novel, from its opening lines detailing the impact our narrator’s fragile bones have on her early years, through to its moving conclusion. Even if it wasn’t set in the area near my home, I would have been able to visualise this pre-war world so clearly because of Fletcher’s beautiful prose, ‘A small … Continue reading House of Glass by Susan Fletcher #BlogTour #Review

Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth – drugs, corruption, and dangerous ambition.

Forming part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project, Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth is a masterclass in how to keep your reader gripped, even when the tale you’re telling is so well-known. It’s never been one of my favourite plays to teach (I think I have to thank KS3 SATs for that), but this version, set in a … Continue reading Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth – drugs, corruption, and dangerous ambition.

Man Booker 2018 – Washington Black by Esi Edugyan #review

Beginning on a slave plantation in 1830s Barbados, before embarking on a whirlwind adventure spanning the globe, Washington Black follows the life and travels of a young slave who has a talent for scientific observation. The eponymous hero is plucked from a life of brutality and fear to act as assistant to the liberal-thinking brother … Continue reading Man Booker 2018 – Washington Black by Esi Edugyan #review

Man Booker 2018 – Robin Robertson’s The Long Take #review

Shortlisted for the Man Booker this year, Robertson’s The Long Take manages to be both a sweeping view of post-war American, a victorious country in a state of internal turmoil, and an intimate account of a veteran’s struggle with what he has seen and done. Told in narrative free verse, Robertson’s novel is breathtaking in … Continue reading Man Booker 2018 – Robin Robertson’s The Long Take #review