A disrupted summer of reading

This summer we've moved house and jobs. I feel like I've been packing and unpacking for months. Annoyingly, the things that's gone (apart from a million books - we've downsized considerably on our shelving) is my time to read. I've also ignored the blog for so long that I've started to dread coming back to … Continue reading A disrupted summer of reading

Mirrorland – Carole Johnstone #Blogtour

The stories we're told as children often have, at their heart, a lesson, or a darkness that that has been diluted, made easier to digest. Johnstone's Mirrorland takes both these elements for her central elements, creating a modern thriller which taps into the fears and dangers of childhood. When Cat learns that her twin sister, … Continue reading Mirrorland – Carole Johnstone #Blogtour

At the Pond; Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies’ Pond (Daunt Books)

Land-locked in a Lock-down (and probably kidding myself I’m brave enough anyway), this is the book I needed to read this week. It is such a joyous collection about the impact of swimming outdoors – and about the body – that I’m going to be pushing it at friends at every opportunity. And next time … Continue reading At the Pond; Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies’ Pond (Daunt Books)

This Mournable Body – Tsitsi Dangarembga #BookerPrize

This is undoubtedly a powerful novel, the conclusion to a trilogy which captures women's experiences in Zimbabwe in the final decades of the Twentieth Century, as political tensions bubble away, and the violent upheavals of the past two decades are still very much in the consciousness of the characters. But I struggled with it, largely … Continue reading This Mournable Body – Tsitsi Dangarembga #BookerPrize

Tea is So Intoxicating – Mary Essex (British Library Women Writers)

To my shame, this is the first time I’ve read Ursula Bloom in any of her many authorial guises. As Mary Essex, Bloom wrote at least eight books (that I can find) and here provides us with a somewhat spiky rural village comedy. Not many of her characters are particularly likeable, and she has a … Continue reading Tea is So Intoxicating – Mary Essex (British Library Women Writers)