The Pull of the Stars

Title: The Pull of the Stars Writer: Emma Donoghue Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: July 28th 2020  Rating: 5 stars ‘’The bone man was making fool of us all. That was what we kids called death in my part of the country – the bone man, that skeletal rider who kept his grinning skull…

The Mermaid of Black Conch

Title: The Mermaid of Black Conch Writer: Monique Roffey Publishing House: Peepal Tree Press Ltd Date of Publication: April 2nd 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’That morning David played her soft hymns he’d learnt as a boy, praising God. He sang holy songs for her, songs which brought tears to his eyes, and there they stayed,…

The Island of Missing Trees

Title:The Island Of Missing Trees Writer: Elif Shafak Publishing House: Viking Date of Publication: August 5th 2021  Rating: 5 stars “Once upon a memory, at the far end of the Mediterranean Sea, there lay an island so beautiful and blue that the many travellers, pilgrims, crusaders and merchants who fell in love with it either…

An Approach to Black

Title: An Approach to Black Writer: Emily Jeremiah Publishing House: Reflex Press Date of Publication: August 3rd 2021 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Dare I hope that I shall go outside again? Dare I hope that I shall live again, beyond this existence in this cell? Night – times I am pursued by visions and wake up…

Missing Words

Title: Missing Words Writer: Loree Westron Publishing House: Fairlight Books Date of Publication: August 5th 2021 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Life is nothing without you in it.’’ Jenny works at the post office in Portsmouth during the time of the strikes in the 1908s. Having to cope with sexism, a husband who almost doesn’t acknowledge her…

Island

Title: Island (original title: Ø) Writer: Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen (translated by Caroline Waight) Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: June 24th 2021 (first published August 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’She stands with her back to the low copse of planted trees, looking down the mountain to the village, blue in the August night,…

Βlue Postcards

Title: Blue Postcards Writer: Douglas Bruton Publishing House: Fairlight Books Date of Publication: July 8th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ”Years ago in the blue mists of memory, there was a street in Paris called the Street of Tailors. Men sat outside their shops like kings on their thrones, and they nodded to each other or…

Luckenbooth

Title: Luckenbooth Writer: Jenni Fagan Publishing House: William Heinemann Date of Publication: January 14th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I kiss my mother’s cross. Set into the floor so there’s one holy thing between me and oblivion. The sea won’t take me. I am the devil’s daughter. Nobody wants responsibility for my immortal soul. My address…

The Witches of New York

Title: The Witches of New York Writer: Amy McKay Publishing House: Orion Date of Publication: October 27th 2016 (first published October 8th 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’New York had become a city of achievements. Wonders and marvels came so frequent and fast, a day without spectacle was cause for concern.’’ ‘’Queens have been crowned, schemes…

A Pocketful of Crows

Title: A Pocketful of Crows Writer: Joanne M. Harris, illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins Publishing House: Gollancz Date of Publication: October 19th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I have no name. The travelling folk have neither name, nor master. When I die, no stone will be laid. No flowers will be scattered. When I die, I…

The Evening and the Morning

Title: The Evening and the Morning Writer: Ken Follett Publishing House: Viking Date of Publication: September 15th 2020  Rating: 5 stars ‘’At last, the church bell struck.’’ 997. England stands at a crossroads. The Dark Ages are almost over, a new era is about to begin. The dangers are still present as the Welsh threat…

The Field

Title: The Field Writer: Robert Seethaler (translated by Charlotte Collins) Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: March 18th 2021 (first published June 4th 2018) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Did I talk about tomorrow? Did I tell you that I love you? Do you remember?’’  In a German town, the dead have indeed their own stories to…

Τhe Illumination of Ursula Flight

Title: The Illumination of Ursula Flight Writer: Anna-Marie Crowhurst Publishing House: Allen & Unwin Date of Publication: May 3rd 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’On the fifteenth day of December in the year of our Lord 1664, a great light bloomed in the dark sky and crept slowly and silently across the blackness: a comet. The…

The Ophelia Girls

Title: The Ophelia Girls Writer: Jane Healey Publishing House: Haughton Mifflin Harcourt Date of Publication:  August 10th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I have run from that summer, tried to forget its hazy pleasures and its tragedies, how it ended, how things fell apart. I have trusted the years to fade my memories and destroyed those…

The Lamplighters

Title: The Lamplighters Writer: Emma Stonex Publishing House: Pan MacMillan Date of Publication: March 4th 2021 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Today it’s soundless. Jory knows loud seas and silent seas, heavy seas and mirror seas, seas where your boat feels like the last blink of humankind on a roll so determined and angry that you believe…

Circus of Wonders

Title: Circus of Wonders Writer: Elizabeth Macneal Publishing House: Pan Macmillan Date of Publication: May 13th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Have a long look, why don’t you?’’ Nell is unique, graced with a special kind of beauty. But the others cannot understand, they think she is an abomination, a cursed creature, lower than the low….

Then A Wind Blew

Title: Then A Wind Blew Writer: Kay Powell Publishing House: Weaver Press Date of Publication: January 26th 2021 Rating: 4 stars ‘’She loved to be out in the stoep at night, her only companions the wind that sang in the long grass and the nights calls of distant animals. And the crickets, with their non-stop…

Half Spent Was The Night

Title: Half Spent Was the Night Writer: Ami McKay Publishing House: Knopf Canada Date of Publication: October 16th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Christmas days have come and gone, the New Year lies ahead. Strange things happen Between the Years in the days outside of time. Minutes go wild, hours vanish. Idleness becomes a clever thief,…

The Hatmakers

Title: The Hatmakers Writer: Tamzin Merchant, illustrated by Paola Escobar Publishing House: Norton Young Readers Date of Publication: January 7th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was a wild and lightning-struck night. The kind of night that changes everything. Jagged forks of light ripped across the sky and thunder rolled in tidal waves over the rooftops…

The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories

Title: The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories Vol.1 Writer: Edited by Tara Moore Publishing House: Valancourt Books Rating: 4 stars ‘’Imagine a midwinter night, an early sunset, a long drafty evening spent by candlelight. The season of Christmas coincides with the shortest days of the year and, for middle-class Victorians, a chance for…