Α Little London Scandal

Title: A Little London Scandal Writer: Miranda Emmerson Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: August 6th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’And I know I don’t really fit in but someone has to ask the questions.’’ Anna Treadway embarks on a quest in what many consider the ‘’shady’’ parts of London, to save a young…

Murder By The Book: Mysteries For Bibliophiles

Title: Murder By The Book: Mysteries For Bibliophiles Writer: Various, edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crimes Classics Date of Publication: August 10th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’That’s our daily job, inventing stories; making a definite pattern of a number of incidents. Dammit, I could contrive some sort of story out of any…

Tales of the Mist

Title: Tales of the Mist (original title: Los Cuentos de la Niebla) Writer: Laura Suárez Publishing House: Europe Comics Date of Publication: May 20th 2020 (first published April 5th 2019) Rating: 5 stars ”When I looked through the window the wind blew through the trees, their shadows spreading far. Souls would appear, trembling and searching,…

First Person Singular

Title: First Person Singular Writer: Haruki Murakami (translated by Philip Gabriel) Publishing House: Harvill Secker Date of Publication:  April 6th 2021 (first published July 2020) Rating: 2 stars ‘’But the whole neighbourhood was still and silent, as if the dense clouds above had swallowed up all sound.’’ Cream: A young man is invited to a…

Escape Routes

Title: Escape Routes Writer: Naomi Ishiguro Publishing House: Tinder Press Date of Publication: February 6th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I can climb out on to the roof from the windows and see the whole metropolis stretched out before me, those hundreds of buildings – white, or grey, or black, depending on how filthy they are…

How to Make Paper When the World is Ending

Title: How to Make Paper When the World Is Ending Writer: Dallas Woodburn Publishing House: Koehler Books Date of Publication: June 28th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’But sometimes stories are all we have.’’ Story to Tell Around a Campfire: The narrator instructs us how to tell the tale of Hannah and Mark, a couple who…

O Caledonia

Title: O Caledonia Writer: Elspeth Barker Publishing House: Weidenfeld Nicolson Date of Publication: March 29th 2022 (first published August 19th 1991) Rating: 5 stars ‘’At night, when the moon is high it beams through the dying cockatoo and casts his blood drops in a  chain of rubies on to the flagstones of the hall. Here…

How to Gut a Fish

Title: How to Gut a Fish Writer: Sheila Armstrong Publishing House: Bloomsbury Date of Publication:  February 17th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The weakness in the soil first appears at dusk in the centre of a ring of stones in a field. A small copse of trees weave around banks of raised earth, and the exposed…

The Mapmakers (Cordelia Hatmaker#2)

Title: The Mapmakers (Cordelia Hatmaker#2) Writer: Tamzin Merchant Publishing House: Puffin Date of Publication: February 17th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Our hats are a bit like books,’’ Cordelia began. ‘’They contain magic, but it’s up to the person reading the book to bring the magic to life. Without the reader, the magic just sits there….

Black Narcissus

Title: Black Narcissus Writer: Rumer Godden Publishing House: Virago Press (UK) Date of Publication: February 1st 2013 (first published 1939) Ratings: 5 stars ‘’Look at the eagles,’ he said. In the gulf eagles were flying, circling round one small spot in the air. Higher and higher they flew, but still they could not reach the…

Serpents in Eden : Countryside Crimes

Title: Serpents in Eden Writer: Various, edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: March 1st 2016  Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was a day of cloud, and the very air over the moors was grey, and the long waves of heather were dark as the black earth, the distant woodland…

Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars

Title: Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars Writer: Miranda Emmerson Publishing House: 4th Estate GB Date of Publication:  August 2nd 2017 (first published February 28th 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Everything can be given a price if someone chooses’, her mother said. ‘It doesn’t have to make sense to us, Anna. So little of the…

Weird Woods: Tales from the Haunted Forests of Britain

Title: Weird Woods: Tales from the Haunted Forests of Britain Writer: Various edited by John Miller Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication: August 27th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’These are the aspects of our experience of nature that cannot be offset; the history of a place cannot be traded off against the history…

The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers: And Other Gruesome Tales

Title: The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers: And Other Gruesome Tales Writer: Jen Campbell (illustrated by Adam de Souza) Publishing House: Thames & Hudson Date of Publication: November 23rd 2021 Rating: 5 stars “It just so happened that the gardener did know of a house with a thousand rooms. It sat on the top of…

The First Person and Other Stories

Title: The First Person and Other Stories Writer: Ali Smith Publishing House: Hamish Hamilton Ltd Date of Publication: January 2nd 2008 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Williams Carlos Williams says that the short story, which acts like the flare of a match struck in the dark, is the only real form for describing the briefness, the brokenness…

The Ghost Factory

Title: The Ghost Factory Writer: Jenny McCartney Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: March 21st 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’We called our situation the Troubles, and the longer it had dragged on the more fitting that genteel euphemism became. The murdering was sporadic but fully expected, like some recurrent, rumbling agony in your unmentionables….

Western Isles Folk Tales

Title: Western Isles Folk Tales Writer: Ian Stephen Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: February 1st 2015 (first published October 15th 2014) Rating: 5 stars “Where the Northern Ocean, in vast whirls, Boils round the naked, melancholy isles Of farthest Thule; and the Atlantic surge Pours in among the stormy Hebrides.”                                 Charlotte Bronté…

Out There:Stories

Title: Out There: Stories Writer: Kate Folk Publishing House: Random House Date of Publication:  March 29th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’By night our bones dissolve into our blood like sugar in tea. We sleep in anti-gravity pods with slick outer shells and vinyl interiors, our limbs held by Velcro straps, our torsos bound by cuirasses…

Ceredigion Folk Tales

Title: Ceredigion Folk Tales Writer: Peter Stevenson Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: May 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’These stories are of another world, an Otherworld so familiar to the folk of Ceredigion 100 years ago; exotic and enticing, dark and dangerous, curious and comical, a world of the marginalised and misunderstood,…

Water Shall Refuse Them

Title: Water Shall Refuse Them Writer: Lucie McKnight Hardy Publishing House: Dead Ink Date of Publication: July 4th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’There’s a special time of day, when light is caught in limbo. Dusk: that time when the twilight dips to a level where light and dark start to merge, and everything takes on…

Panics

Title: Panics (original title: Viens Writer: Barbara Molinard (translated by Emma Ramadan) Publishing House: The Feminist Press Date of Publication:  August 9th 2022 (first published 1969) Rating: 5 stars ‘’EVERYTHING BARBARA MOLLINARD HAS WRITTEN HAS BEEN TORN TO SHREDS.  The texts that follow were also torn to shreds. They were put back together, torn up…

Τhe Shape of Darkness

Title:The Shape of Darkness Writer: Laura Purcell Publishing House: Raven Books Date of Publication: January 21st 2021 Rate: 5 stars ‘’Shadows flee across the cobbles and climb up walls. Agnes has spent her life studying them, but she has not appreciated their sheer number until tonight. She sees shadows thrown by a dancing flame, the…

Offshore

Title: Offshore Writer: Penelope Fitzgerald Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: March 28th 2013 (first published 1979) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I can’t do the things that women can’t do,’ she said. ‘I can’t turn over The Times so that the pages lie flat, I can’t fold up a map in the right creases, I…

Ιnto the London Fog: Eerie Tales from the Weird City

Title: Into the London Fog: Eerie Tales from the Weird City Writer: Various, edited by Elizabeth Dearnley Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication: August 20th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Like London fog itself, the power of the weird tale lies in its potential to suddenly shift from benign to baleful as the light…

Dead Relatives

Τitle: Dead Relatives Writer: Lucie McKnight Hardy Publishing House: Dead Ink Date of Publication: October 21st 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The garden lies quiet, as if it’s sleeping. Nothing grows this late in November, and everything is sad and grey. The only thing of beauty is the lake that lies at the bottom of the…

The Schoolhouse

Title:The Schoolhouse Writer: Sophie Ward Publishing House: Corsair Date of Publication: May 5th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The university library was housed in an unimposing corner of North London, halfway up the Holloway Road. A small campus occupied the grounds of a former landfill site and seagulls still circled overhead, drawn by the scent of…

Drift

Title: Drift Writer: Caryl Lewis Publishing House:Random House UK Date of Publication: April 21st 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A ripple. A disturbance on the sea that didn’t settle. Something that couldn’t be let go, and the warmth of the sun would magnify it into wind. And the wind would worry it until the weaves and…

Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales

Title: Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales Writer: Edited by Angela Carter, illustrated by Corinna Sargood Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication:  January 1st 2005 (first published 1992) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Little lady, little lady’’, said the boys, ‘’little Alexandra, listen to the watch, tick tick tick: mother in the room all decked in gold.’’…

You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked

Title: You Are Eating An Orange. You Are Naked Writer: Sheung – King Publishing House:  Book*hug Press Date of Publication: October 27th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I am now alone, in a non-place, surrounded by street signs with names that are only phonetics – empty signifiers.’’ Two young people find and lose one another across…

The Hellebore Guide to Occult Britain and Northern Ireland

Title: The Hellebore Guide to Occult Britain and Northern Ireland Writer: Various edited by Maria J. Perez Cuervo Publishing House: Hellebore Date of Publication: December 2021 Rating: 5 stars This beautiful (BEAUTIFUL, I TELL YOU!!!!) guide is an outstanding journey within the heart of Britain and Northern Ireland and all their magical, witchy, ritualistic, occult…

The Ghosts of Rose Hill

Title: The Ghosts of Rose Hill Writer: R.M.Romero Publishing House: PeachTree Teen Date of Publication:  May 3rd 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Lopez means: son of Lope, son of wolf. But it’s the Lopez women who have always howled the loudest. They had to be fierce and stubborn to survive.’’ ‘’They fled the pyres (the flames…

How We Disappear: Novella & Stories

Title: How We Disappear:Novella & Stories Writer: Tara Lynn Masih Publishing House: Press 53 Date of Publication:  September 13th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Yesterday I found myself in St. Servaasbasiliek, and lit two candles. Organ music wended its way into my history, drawing forth doubts. It is music – caught, held, and shot back down…

The Land of Short Sentences

Title: The Land of Short Sentence (original title:Meter i Sekundet) Writer: Stine Pilgaard (translated by Hunter Simpson) Publishing House: World Editions Date of Publication: March 1st 2022  (first published May 15th 2020) Rating: 5 stars ‘’We are still new to this field, and we walk through them with our baby carriage in a state of…

A Postcard for Annie

Title: A Postcard for Annie (original title: Postcort til Annie) Writer: Ida Jessen (translated by Martin Aitken) Publishing House: Archipelago Books Date of Publication: May 10th 2022 (first published January 1st 2013) Rating: 5 stars ‘’In her coat, standing at the counter, Tove wrote: ‘’I’ve gone out.’’ She then crumpled the note in her hand…

Love in Colour: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold

Title: Love in Colour Writer: Bolu Babalola Publishing House: Headline Date of Publication: August 20th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘You are a queen. You are Lorde, Angelou, Simone, Walker, Hooks, Davis, Morrison, Knowles, Fenty, Robinson-Obama. You will shake the world, you will move the earth, you will be audacious with your essence, you will take…

Life Ceremony

Title: Life Ceremony Writer: Sayaka Murata (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori) Publishing House:Grove Press Date of Publication: July 5th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A hundred years later, what would our bodies be used for? Would we be chair legs or sweaters or clock hands? Would we be used for a longer time after our deaths…

Minor Hauntings (Chilling Tales of Spectral Youth)

Title: Minor Hauntings: Chilling Tales of Spectral Youth Writer: Various edited by Jen Baker Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication: April 29th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Many years ago there stood at the corner of the street leading out of Upper Kennington – lane a great red-brick mansion, which one very wet evening,…

The Trouble With Happiness

Title: The Trouble With Happiness and Other Stories Writer: Tove Ditlevsen (translated by Michael Favala Goldman) Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: March 3rd 2022 Rating: 5 stars “There is nothing so merciful as love.” The Umbrella: An umbrella becomes the metaphor for a young woman’s unsatisfactory life in the hands of a cruel,…

Florence Nightingale (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Florence Nightingale (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’ s Books Date of Publication: April 12th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Never give nor take an excuse.’’             Florence Nightingale 1820, Florence, Italy. A child with a brilliant mind and a golden heart is born….

Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean

Title: Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Carribean Writer: Various edited by Peekash Press Publishing House: Peekash Press Date of Publication:  March 17th 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Here in the rocky haunts of the islanders themselves are landscapes where ‘’the rocks are sharper than a coconut vendor’s cutlass, and the waters lash with a vengeance,’’…

The Mad Women’s Ball

Title: The Mad Women’s Ball (original title: Le Bal Des Folles) Writer: Victoria Mas (translated by Frank Wynne) Publishing House: Harry N. Abrams Date of Publication: September 7th 2021 (first published August 21st 2019) Rating: 5 stars ‘’They imagine naked women running through the corridors, banging their heads against tilled walls, spreading their legs to…

Nordic Tales: Folktales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark

Title: Nordic Tales: Folktales From Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark Writer: Various, illustrated by Ulla Thynell Publishing House: Chrinicle Books Date of Publication: August 13th 2019  Rating: 5 stars ‘’In the days of our forefathers, when there was nothing but wretched boats up in Nordland, and folks must needs buy fair winds by the…

A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folktales and Legends

Title: A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folktales and Legends Writer: Angela McAllister, illustrated by Hannah Bess Ross Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: April 12th 2022 Rating: 5 stars Another outstanding collection of myths, legends and fairy tales centred around Nature and its gifts, beautifully written by Angela McAllister and…

Faithful and Virtuous Night

Title: Faithful and Virtuous Night Writer: Louise Gluck Publishing House: Carcanet Press Ltd. Date of Publication: September 6th 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The streetlights were coming on,  lining the sides of the river.  The offices were going dark.  At the river’s edge, fog encircled the lights, one could not, after a while, see the lights…

The Dollmaker of Krakow

Title: The Dollmaker of Krakow Writer: R. M. Romero Publishing House: Walker Books Date of Publication: September 6th 2018 (first published September 12th 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Across the sea, however, was a dark country. Its residents, huge rats whose appetites seemed as great as the ocean itself, had been crafted by a wicked witch…

Winter’s Tales

Title: Winter’s Tales (original title: Vinter- Eventyr) Writer: Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) Publishing House: Penguin Modern Classics Date of Publication: September 27th 2001 (first published 1942) Rating: 5 stars ‘’You have drunk with Sunniva now,’’ she said. ‘’You have drunk down a little wisdom, so that in the future all your thoughts shall not fall…

Midwinter Folk Tales

Title: Midwinter Folk Tales Writer: Taffy Thomas Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: February 1st 2015 (first published October 15th 2014) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and a talk beside the fore, it is the time for…

Antrim Folk Tales

Title: Antrim Folk Tales Writer: Billy Teare & Kathleen O’Sullivan Publishing House: The History Press Ireland Date of Publication:  February 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars ”Folk tales are not defined by scholars and students of folklore. They are, very simply, the stories that people choose to tell, remember and retell time and again and they…

Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day

Title: Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day Writer: Carl F. Neal Publishing House: Llewellyn Publications Date of Publication: December 8th 2015 Rating: 4 stars ‘’When the dark days of winter seem to have gone on forever, the first sign of spring refreshes our souls. It is a promise that winter will not last…