Kwame Alexander’s Rebound

Shortlisted for this year's CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist,  this coming-of-age novel, set in the summer of 1988, introduces us to Charlie Bell. He’s lost his dad, he doesn’t have the right trainers, and he’s full of the usual insecurities of adolescence. And yet he also has an excellent sense of humour and makes for a … Continue reading Kwame Alexander’s Rebound

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Cover Choices – The Truth About Love and Dogs #GuestPost

Now, something a bit different here at Books and Wine Gums - I am very excited to introduce my first ever guest post on the blog. I was really pleased when author Lilly Bartlett got in touch about her new book, The Truth About Love and Dogs. Here, she talks about the differences in her … Continue reading Cover Choices – The Truth About Love and Dogs #GuestPost

His Convenient Highland Wedding – Janice Preston #LochmoreLegacy

When I first heard about the new Mills and Boon continuity series, a set of four novels working their way back through time to tell the story of two warring Scottish clans, I was fascinated by the idea. Each written by a different author, the stories making up The Lochmore Legacy work back from the … Continue reading His Convenient Highland Wedding – Janice Preston #LochmoreLegacy

The Last Words of Madeleine Anderson – Helen Kitson

You wait for one intriguing novel, and a bagful arrive at once. I’ve been really lucky with the books I’ve picked up recently (I am quite choosy), and Helen Kitson’s accomplished The Last Words of Madeleine Anderson is one of my favourites. Gabrielle Price, the author of a critically-acclaimed novel in her youth, is now … Continue reading The Last Words of Madeleine Anderson – Helen Kitson

Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere – Jeanette Winterson

This is a proper gem of a book. Taking its title from Millicent Fawcett’s words following the death of Emily Wilding Davison, Winterson adds her Twenty-First Century voice to the calls from the Suffragettes and Suffragists for true equality for women. Winterson starts by acknowledging how far we’ve come, pointing out that in 1908, whilst … Continue reading Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere – Jeanette Winterson