Magdalene: Poems

Title: Magdalene: Poems Writer: Maria Howe Publishing House: W. W. Norton Company Date of Publication: August 28th 2018 (first published March 28th 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I liked Hell, I liked to go there alone relieved to lie in the wreckage, ruined, physically undone. The worst had happened. What else could hurt me then? I thought it was the worst,…

Unquiet Women

Title: Unquiet Women: From the Dusk of the Roman Empire to the Dawn of the Enlightenment Writer: Max Adams Publishing House: Head of Zeus Date of Publication: November 1st 2018 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Emerging from these themes is a conviction that history is polyphonic – that it must be told by many voices; that the ear must be…

World Without End

Title:World Without End (Kingsbridge, #2) Writer: Ken Follett Publishing House: Pan Macmillan Date of Publication:  October 3rd 2008  (first published October 4th 2007) Rating: 4 stars “Whether I’ve been good or bad, I don’t think God will be fooled by a last-minute change of heart.” ‘’World Without End’’ is the second installment in Follett’s Kingsbridge series and…

Burnt Offerings

Title: Burnt Offerings Writer: Robert Marasco Publishing House: Valancourt Books Date of Publication: March 17th 2015 (first published 1973) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Drive by the house you’re interested in at night, I say. Watch the windows. See if anybody’s watching for you there. And then drive home with the dome light on, and check that back seat as often…

The Emerald Circus

Title:The Emerald Circus Writer:Jane Yolen Publishing House: Tachyon Publications Date of Publication:November 14th 2017 Rating: 4 stars ‘’You see, my dear ice witch, I have had the love of children from all over the world because of my stories. A child’s love is the perfect love, for it is given with a whole heart.” After The Night…

Mr Woodreeve’s Reflection

Title:Mr Woodreeve’s Reflection Writer: Robert Bluck Publishing House: Unbound Digital Date of Publication: January 20th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Are you a person in my story, or am I a person in yours?’’ Once in a while, we choose a book attracted by its cryptic blurb. There is a certain ‘’something’’ in a vague description that entices us to…

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…

The Silent Land

Title: The Silent Land Writer: Graham Joyce Publishing House: Anchor Date of Publication: November 1st 2010 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Once I had a dream and in the dream I went to bed and fell asleep and was dreaming. And I knew I was dreaming inside a dream. Do you think it’s like that? Do you?’’ I’ve always thought that the…

Alternative Christmas Reads…

The weird thing (well, one of the weirdest…) with me as a child was that Christmas wasn’t my favourite time of the year. I loved the lights all around me, helping my mum with decorating and baking all those delicious creations of hers, but the noise and frenzy that accompany Christmas never suited me. Easter…

When All the Days Have Gone

Title: When all the days have gone Writer: Lars Boye Jerlach Publishing House: Angry Owl Publishing Date of Publication: November 1st 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Where are you heading when nothing is moving and time is still?’’ Ambrosius Moerk’s profession has everything to do with time. And nothing. He is a grave-digger, responsible for the most permanent place of residence-…

One Day in December

Title: One Day in December Writer: Shari Low Publishing House: Aria Date of Publication: September 1st 2017 Rating: 2 stars Glasgow, December, Christmas is approaching. Course of the action, a single day when four very different people decide to fulfill their resolutions. Caro is a teacher in a primary school and I couldn’t help but liking her immediately, after reading…

Fir

Title: Fir Writer: Sharon Gosling Publishing House: Stripes Publishing Date of Publication: February 9th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Once you’ve been out here for a while, you can see them. You can see them all. We have been out here for a long, long while.’’ The fir tree is a symbol in a distinctive array of cultures. In Celtic Mythology,…

Kjærlighet

Title: Kjærlighet Writer: Hanne Ørstavik Publishing House: Archipelago Books Date of Publication: February 13th 2018 (first published 1997) Rating: 5 stars ‘’A path into the forest, from a long-forgotten place. Find the path and follow, its ribbon yours to trace. Past trees and hillocks wander, to a splendid castle old, In whose halls three ladies fine you shall at last…

Essex Folk Tales

Title: Essex Folk Tales Writer: Jan Williams Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: November 30th 2011 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Essex is a place of dark secrets and haunting tales. It is a romantic county for those who have the determination to plunge into its rural heart.’’   Essex is one of the most notable and most recognizable county…

One Night In November

Title: One Night in November Writer: Amélie Antoine Publishing House: AmazonCrossing Date of Publication: July 11th 2017 Rating: 4 stars *Disclaimer- Any comments related to religion, politics and History in general, will receive the treatment initiated by Ivar the Boneless and reserved for his enemies in all his outrageous glory. Meaning that melted gold will burn said comments and those…

Loki

Title: Loki Writer: Mike Vasich Publishing House:  Createspace Publication Date: January 1st 2010 Rating: 5 stars And now, it is time for a brief lesson in the deities of the Norse pantheon that are included in this marvellous novel… Óðinn, Alföðr, the Wanderer, the Deceiver, the Riddler, God of the Hunged, the One Eyed, the Thunderer, Father of the Slain…

Goodbye, Vitamin

 Title: Goodbye, Vitamin Writer: Rachel Khong Publishing House: Scribner UK Date of Publication: June 1st 2017 Rating: 5 stars “It doesn’t matter who remembers what, I guess, so long as somebody remembers something.” “Goodbye, Vitamin” came highly recommended by many people whose opinion I trust and I had high hopes. I expected to enjoy it- if such a verb can…

Dunbar

 Title: Dunbar Writer: Edward St. Aubyn  Publishing House: Penguin Random House   Date of Publication:October 24th 2017   Rating: 2.5 stars Time for a lesson in the History of Theatre and a few of the greatest actors of all time. Younger members of our beautiful community pay attention. You are about to learn what true acting means…The larger-than- life…

The Transition

 Title: The Transition Writer: Luke Kennard Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: September 7th 2017 Rating: 2 stars Well, I don’t know… I don’t know where to begin with this one. When you finish a book and the first thing that comes to your mind is “I won’t write a review on this one”, then things are quite bleak….

The Winter People

 Title: The Winter People   Writer: Jennifer McMahon   Publishing House: Anchor  Date of Publication: February 11th 2014  Rating: 3 stars “Sometimes they’re angry. They hate being stuck.” This was one of my most anticipated scheduled reads for the year. It felt appropriate for the beginning of the winter, since November calls for stories with supernatural twists. The title and…