Crooked Heart – Lissa Evans

As regular followers may remember, I absolutely loved Old Baggage’s Mattie Simpkin. Published as a prequel after Crooked Heart, it provided readers with Mattie’s story in 1928. Crooked Heart, although the first of the two novels, moves forward a decade and Mattie, very sadly, is now suffering with dementia and ‘looking after’ a godson, Noel. … Continue reading Crooked Heart – Lissa Evans

The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman

I'm half way through my annual self-imposed task of reading the Booker shortlist - but then this appeared and I had to put everything else aside. I have really enjoyed Osman's first foray into fiction - it was the perfect thing for a rainy weekend and confirmed my feeling that Osman is one of those … Continue reading The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman

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)

Lissa Evans’ Old Baggage – simply marvellous.

Mattie Simpkin is a brilliant character. There’s been so much written on the fight for female emancipation, both in fiction and elsewhere, but Evans’ novel, set in 1928, is a moving and often very funny account of what a woman like Mattie, an ardent suffragette and unflagging campaigner for equality, does next. ‘Mattie wore her … Continue reading Lissa Evans’ Old Baggage – simply marvellous.

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – my 10 favourite bits of an all-round bloody marvellous read.

This could be a very short review – essentially, I absolutely love this book and everyone should read it – but I thought I’d attempt to prepare for the forthcoming series by re-reading it for the millionth time and then listing my very favourite bits. If I were to do just that, I’d end up … Continue reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – my 10 favourite bits of an all-round bloody marvellous read.

70 Reviews: 7. On Shopping by India Knight (Pocket Penguins) #review

I’m thoroughly enjoying my trawl through my Penguin boxset, and no. 7 is such a joy to read. I’ve been under canvas for much of the summer, relying on shower blocks to maintain a slim sense of personal hygiene and wearing eight items of clothing on rotation, so this was the perfect book to bring … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 7. On Shopping by India Knight (Pocket Penguins) #review

Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber – vivid retellings of old tales

There’s a knowing playfulness with which Angela Carter handles gothic conventions in her collection of tales in The Bloody Chamber. From the virginal bride in the titular story being carried south to her new husband’s castle, ‘the pounding of my heart mimicking that of the great pistons ceaselessly thrusting the train that bore me through … Continue reading Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber – vivid retellings of old tales