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)

In Darkling Wood – Emma Carroll

To be honest, Carroll had me at ‘darkling’. As Alice, her teenage heroine, says, there’s something spooky about it, ‘It’s a funny word. Old-sounding.’ And then it was the marvellous cover. Fortunately for my high expectations, the rest of the book was brilliant. Alice has come to stay with her spiky and solitary grandmother at … Continue reading In Darkling Wood – Emma Carroll

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)

52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner – Mariëlle S. Smith #review #giveaway

I've had a brilliant idea for a novel. I'm not telling you what it is in case you steal my idea and end up winning the Booker. I haven't written it yet because, well … because. Because although I come up with nuanced, clever sentences in my head, the words become wooden and lumpy as … Continue reading 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner – Mariëlle S. Smith #review #giveaway

I am Heathcliff – edited by Kate Mosse

One of my first blog reviews here was for Reader, I Married Him, a collection of stories inspired by Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Since then, I've returned to my childhood copy of an abridged Wuthering Heights, and recently I reviewed The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis, a marvellously imaginative take on the Brontë' siblings as … Continue reading I am Heathcliff – edited by Kate Mosse