An Interview With … Birte Hosken

Today I'm chatting to Birte Hosken, author of Petroc's Church and Let Wild Waves Roar about her writing processes, her ideas, and her plans for the future. Hi Birte - let's kick off with where the first ideas for a new novel come from for you? My first ideas for new stories/novels come initially from … Continue reading An Interview With … Birte Hosken

The Tree of Heaven – May Sinclair (British Library Women Writers)

The Tree of Heaven, by May Sinclair, tells the story of a middle-class family caught up in the tumult of the early Twentieth Century. Frances Harrison is wife to Anthony and mother to three children, the latter role being an all-consuming concern as she watches them grow. We first find her sitting ‘under the tree … Continue reading The Tree of Heaven – May Sinclair (British Library Women Writers)

70 Reviews: 10. A Taste of the Unexpected – Roald Dahl (Pocket Penguins)

This is the second set of short stories I’ve read from the pocket Penguin collection in a week, and I have to confess that, self-confessed literary snob though I am, I preferred the Dahl collection to the Borges. I’d taught The Landlady a couple of times, and so the construction felt more blatant – prior … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 10. A Taste of the Unexpected – Roald Dahl (Pocket Penguins)

70 Reviews: 8. Nothing Bad Ever Happens in Tiffany’s – Marian Keyes (Pocket Penguins)

I'm a firm believer in every book having its day. I'd started this series of reviews back in June 2018, keen to work my way through Penguin's boxed 70th Birthday collection that doubles up as a doorstop. It's a brilliant set of reads, usually from longer books, that draws upon Penguin's long and varied history … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 8. Nothing Bad Ever Happens in Tiffany’s – Marian Keyes (Pocket Penguins)