Daughters of Paris – Elisabeth J. Hobbes #Blogtour

I may have had something in my eye as I finished Hobbes' latest superb novel; it's certainly another emotional cracker and I loved the way the story ended. I'd really grown to care about what happened to Fleur and Colette, the eponymous daughters in the title, and Hobbes uses the full scale of the French … Continue reading Daughters of Paris – Elisabeth J. Hobbes #Blogtour

Allie Cresswell’s Game Show – Blog Tour Post

ese Allie Cresswell’s Game Show, first published in 2013, is a terrifying take on power and the speed with which social constraints and personal responsibility might be abandoned if the rules are removed. The setting of the novel in 1992 is significant. We hadn’t yet seen the rise of ‘Reality TV’ in the form of … Continue reading Allie Cresswell’s Game Show – Blog Tour Post

Kevin Powers’ Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting: A War Poet of our Times

As long as war exists, it will perhaps be in our natures to try to capture it, perhaps to understand it, perhaps in some desperate way to learn something about it and about ourselves. In Last Post, her final poem of 1914 Poetry Remembers, Carol Ann Duffy imagines a world in which poetry can reverse … Continue reading Kevin Powers’ Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting: A War Poet of our Times