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…

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…

The Blue

Title: The Blue Writer: Nancy Bilyeau Publishing House: Endeavour Quill Date of Publication: December 3rd 2018 Rating: 3 stars ‘’London is alive. And so am I.’’ 18th century, England. Genevieve comes from a Huguenot family that found shelter in England, persecuted in their own country due to their religious beliefs. In a time when the war with France is raging,…

How To Be Human

Title: How To Be Human Writer: Paula Cocozza Publishing House: Metropolitan Books Date of Publication: May 9th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Focus, Mary. Don’t let him go now. So what if you’re tired and hungry. So what if you’ve crawled to the end of another miserable day in a job you hate, and tomorrow will bring only more of 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…

Ghost Wall

Title: Ghost Wall Writer: Sarah Moss Publishing House: Granta Books Date of Publication: September 20th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Darkness was a long time coming.’’ This book is my first contact with Sarah Moss’s writing and it proved to be so fascinating…The word Ghost in the title, the bogs and Northumberland drew my attention to a novel that I read…

The Hoarder

Title: The Hoarder Writer: Jess Kidd Publishing House: Canongate Books Date of Publication:  February 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A dead mouse curled in a teacup, a headless ceramic dray horse, a mannequin’s pink severed limb: that sort of thing. I have a morbid bent. ‘’ It would be extremely useful if each one of us had a power squad…

The Light Between Us

Title: The Light Between Us Writer: Katie Khan Publishing House: Penguin Random House UK Date of Publication: August 9th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The planets were moving towards each other in the night sky when Isaac and Thea first met.’’ Yes, this is a wonderful combination of meaningful science-fiction and a charming relationship between two bright scholars. Yes, I enjoyed…

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 Keeper of Lost Things

Title:The Keeper of Lost Things Writer: Ruth Hogan Publishing House: Two Roads Date of Publication: January 26th 2017 Rating: 3 stars ‘’Found, sixth carriage from the front, 14:42 train from London Bridge to Brighton. Deceased unknown. God bless and rest in peace.’’ My relationship with this book has been a bit weird from the start. For almost a year,…

The Muse

Title: The Muse Writer: Jessie Burton Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: July 26th 2016 Rating: 4 stars ‘’…and that’s all that matters, isn’t it? What people believe. It doesn’t matter what’s the truth; what people believe becomes the truth.’’ I finally found the time to read Jessie Burton’s sophomore novel and I am very glad to conclude a wonderful…

East Yorkshire Folk Tales

Title: East Yorkshire Folk Tales Writer: Ingrid Barton Publishing House: The History Press Ireland Date of Publication: April 15th 2015 Rating: 4 stars ”May night is, as everyone knows, a chancy time of the year, the hinge between spring and summer, when all sorts of magic seep into our world from the Other. At that time it is possible to…

Lancashire Folk Tales

Title: Lancashire Folk Tales  Writers:  David England, Jennie Ruth Bailey Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: June 1st 2014 Rating: 3 stars “Sir Lancelot, you may be surprised to hear, has a close association with the county. ‘Lanc’ is the Celtic term for a spear, and ‘lot’ refers to the people of the land, hence ‘Lancelot’s shire’ or as…

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…

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…

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….