Tea is So Intoxicating – Mary Essex

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

The New Wilderness – Diane Cook

This took me a little while to get into – the premise of a group of volunteers becoming nomads in The Wilderness State as part of an experiment as escape polluted city life is really quite challenging from the outset – but Cook’s been clever with her tale, and I was caught up in this … Continue reading The New Wilderness – Diane Cook

Dangerous Ages – Rose Macaulay (British Library Women Writers)

Waking on her 43rd birthday, Neville takes a moment to herself. And as most women know, it is these snatched moments of quiet which restore, however briefly, a sense of one’s own identity. ‘Swimming, bread and marmalade, sitting high in a beech tree in the golden eye of the morning sun – that was life. … Continue reading Dangerous Ages – Rose Macaulay (British Library Women Writers)