After the Party – Cressida Connolly

This was a surprising book – not the story I thought I was going to get, but all the more interesting for it. Rather than being simply a Gatsby-esque exploration of beautiful lives being ruined by scandal (don’t get me wrong – I love that sort of story), this becomes something far more political and … Continue reading After the Party – Cressida Connolly

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

Warning – contains spoilers… My relief at the fact that this is bloody good is immense. I’d disliked Oryx and Crake – and let’s not talk about The Year of the Flood – and I’d feared that she might go too far down that sort of route again. But, no. This is Gilead as we … Continue reading The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

Re-Navigation by Sue Parritt #BlogTour

A gloomy seascape is of little consequence to Julia, as a ferry transports her to an isolated Welsh island to undertake a Spiritual Development course. Soon, Julia finds herself surrounded by new friends and questions. As relationships deepen, so does Julia’s feeling that something crucial is missing from her life. As passion ignites and deep-buried … Continue reading Re-Navigation by Sue Parritt #BlogTour

Secrets of a Highland Warrior – Nicole Locke #BlogTour #LochmoreLegacy

‘… Rory’s eyes locked with hers and she knew he understood a fraction of a moment before she did how Lochmores could gain more without a fight. ‘All you need to is marry my daughter.’’ Locke’s Secrets of a Highland Warrior is a very satisfying conclusion to an excellent series. Locke has pulled together the … Continue reading Secrets of a Highland Warrior – Nicole Locke #BlogTour #LochmoreLegacy

Lissa Evans’ Old Baggage – simply marvellous.

Mattie Simpkin is a brilliant character. There’s been so much written on the fight for female emancipation, both in fiction and elsewhere, but Evans’ novel, set in 1928, is a moving and often very funny account of what a woman like Mattie, an ardent suffragette and unflagging campaigner for equality, does next. ‘Mattie wore her … Continue reading Lissa Evans’ Old Baggage – simply marvellous.

‘There She Blows’ – Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

Well, that was some read. I read quickly (it’s my only useful skill) and this has taken me weeks. It’s on a par with Richardson’s Clarissa in terms of the stamina required, but I’m glad I’ve read it - and unlike my experience with Richardson’s epic tome, I wasn’t being whipped along by the demands … Continue reading ‘There She Blows’ – Herman Melville’s Moby Dick