The Familiars

Title: The Familiars Writer: Stacey Halls Publishing House: MIRA Date of Publication: February 19th 2019 (first published February 7th 2019) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Justice means fairness. Luck of prejudice.’’ I’ve always loved Pendle Hill and the stories of the women who were accused of witchcraft during one of the darkest moments in the history of Europe. The fascinating legends found…

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Title: Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Writer: Various edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe Publishing House: HarperCollins Date of Publication: September 1st 2018 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Scorn the witch. Fear the witch. Burn the witch.’’ If we substitute the word ‘’witch’’ with the word ‘’woman’’, we will be able to understand the reasons and…

Christmas Dinner

Title: Χριστουγεννιάτικο Δέιπνο Writer: Various Publishing House: Νάρκισσος Date of Publication: November 2012 Rating: 5 stars ‘’…Paris with the snow falling. Paris with the big charcoal braziers outside the cafes, glowing red. At the cafe tables, men huddled, their coat collars turned up, while they finger glasses of grog Americain and the newsboys shout the evening papers. The buses rumble…

The Light In The Dark

Title: The Light In The Dark Writer: Horatio Clare Publishing House:  Elliott & Thompson Date of Publication: November 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Winter in the mountains is arresting in its drama, the light melting over the Brecon Beacons as though it carries cold in it, not heat. There are the lakes of mist, too, the sun riding high…

Christmas Stories

Title: Χριστουγεννιάτικες ιστορίες Writer: Hans Christian Andersen, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth Bowen, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Michel Tournier edited by Κατερίνα Σχινά Publishing House: Ερατώ Date of Publication: November 2001 Rating: 5 stars ‘’One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant…

Russian Christmas Stories

Title: Ρωσικά χριστουγεννιάτικα διηγήματα Writer: Edited by Evgenia Krichevskaya, Eleni Bakopoulou Publishing House: Narkissos Date of Publication: November 2004 Ratings: 5 stars *All quotes translated by me, taken from the Greek original.* ”The great days were approaching.”- this is how a narration or a story about Christmas often starts. […] For the adults these days are indeed ”great”. But they…

Dusk: Stories and Poems from Solstice Shorts Festival

Title: Dusk: Stories and Poems from Solstice Shorts Festival 2017 Writer: Edited by Cherry Potts Publishing House: Arachne Press Date of Publication: 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’On he ambles, down the avenue where the bark of the beech trees traits silvery, lichen beards. Their dark, wind-sculpted branches reach out for the sky, wild as the hair of Macbeth’s crones.’’…

Miracle on 34th Street

Title: Miracle on 34th Street: A Storybook Edition of the Christmas Classic Writer: Valentine Davies, illustrated by James Newman Gray and adapted for picture book by Susanna Leonard Hill Publishing House: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Date of Publication: October 2nd 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Mother says there’s no such thing as Santa Claus or any of the other silly things children are…

Winter: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons

Title: Winter: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons Writer: edited by Melissa Harrison Publishing House: Elliott & Thompson Date of Publication: October 20th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Quickly, days short, somehow we all adjust and welcome the dark, for it is neither threatening nor smothering. Darkness becomes a thing of joy and vivid beauty in its own right. When early…

Christmas Days

Title: Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days Writer: Jeanette Winterson Publishing House: Random House UK Date of Publication: November 1st 2018 (first published November 2016) Rating: 5 stars It’s Jeanette Winterson, people. I could read her shopping list and still be a happy reader. In Christmas Days we have her impeccable style and stories about Christmas. What could…

Autumn

Title: Autumn Writer: Edited by Melissa Harrison Publishing House: Elliott & Thompson Date of Publication: August 25th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’After all, autumn is the natural world’s gentle memento mori; it’s when the year’s cycle begins to slow as spring’s generative energy and summer’s riotous fruition at last start to fail, prompted by shorter days, falling temperatures and the…

The Corset

Title: The Corset Writer: Laura Purcell Publishing House: Raven Books Date of Publication: September 20th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Perhaps I do have the liberty to come and go as I please. But I do not attend for my own amusement. I came for you. To offer some comfort.’’ Jesus Christ, this book…Where do I begin? After the outstanding The…

Summer: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons

Title: Summer: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons Writer: Melissa Harrison (editor) Publishing House: Elliott & Thompson Day of Publication: May 19th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’If spring is all about looking forward, and autumn about looking back, summer surely is the present moment: a long, hot now that marks the sultry climax of the year. {…} it is a…

The Silent Companions

Title: The Silent Companions Writer: Laura Purcell Publishing House: Raven Books Date of Publication: October 5th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I am not dead.’’ Goodness me! How can I write a coherent (and non-spoilery) review on a book that has stayed with me, haunting me (no pun intended) ever since I started reading? A novel that has definitely made it…

The Ghosts (The Amazing Mr Blunden)

Title: The Ghosts (The Amazing Mr Blunden) Writer: Antonia Barber Publishing House: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Date of Publication: January 1st 1969 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Perhaps the strangest thing about the old gentleman was his upright walking, unbothered by the freezing raindrops.’’ Every summer, I revisit favourite books of my childhood. Most of them are children’s mysteries or…

The Sunlight Pilgrims

Title: The Sunlight Pilgrims Writer: Jenni Fagan Publishing House: William Heinemann Date of Publication: March 24th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’There are three suns in the sky and it is the last day of autumn- perhaps for ever.’’ Since Dystopian Fiction is one of my favourite genres, The Sunlight Pilgrims had been on my list for quite some time….

Smile of the Wolf

Title: Smile of the Wolf Writer: Tim Leach Publishing House: Head of Zeus Date of Publication:September 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’But in my country the people are warriors even in death. Our ghosts are not shadow and air, but walking flesh. They wield their weapons with as much strength as they did in life, and more bravely,…

Frozen Fairy Tales

Title: Frozen Fairy Tales Writer: edited by Kate Wolford Publishing House: World Weaver Press Date of Publication: November 10th 2015 Rating: 4 stars “Until the day they died, late at night when the winds moaned, they would swear they heard a voice outside singing lullabies. And once in a while, travelers through the region would stop at the village and…

Dead Ends: Stories from the Gothic South

Title:Dead Ends: Stories from the Gothic South Writer: Edite by J.T. Ellison Publishing House:  Two Tales Press Date of Publication: September 28th 2017 Rating: 4 stars “It had been during the Autumn Awakening, a yearly festival when the town sets out candles and candy corn, filling the air with the scents of burning leaves and pumpkin-spiced everything. A…

Winter Tales

Title :Winter Tales Writer: Kenneth Steven Publishing House: Marylebone House Date of Publication: September 21st 2017 Rating : 5 stars ‘’He sat at his window one Sunday morning, blowing warm breath onto the patterning of ice on the inside of the glass, until he could see the world.” Winter can be beautiful.Serene, tranquil, a time of contemplation before the…