I'll admit it: I am extremely shallow when it comes to books. Far too often my Waterstones giftcards go towards the most intricate or unique cover, and this was exactly the case with Alice Broadway's Ink. Look at the pretty gold pattern and captivating catchphrase! In this case, the blurb helped confirm my selection: “Imagine … Continue reading Alice Broadway: Ink (Skin Books series)
As most of my readers will know, I have been living in Italy and learning Italian for a few years now. So La Bella Lingua, Hales' non-fiction rendition of her love affair with the Italian language, struck me as my perfect book companion. Although a permanent American resident, Hales spent many extended holidays absorbing and … Continue reading Dianne Hales: La Bella Lingua
I held the open jewellery box in my hand, the purple velvet cover hanging down from the layers of ten year old super-glue I had sworn was magic paste, the fairy's twirling haltingly slowing, and the shrilling cover of For Elise breaking up as if a mobile phone driving through a tunnel, only for the … Continue reading Moving out, moving on.
Another one of my rare English finds in the local library system, and something that I probably wouldn't have chosen otherwise (yay to limited selection forcing me out my comfort zone!), yet am thoroughly glad I did. Paula Fox's Desperate Characters follows Sophie and Otto, a married, childless, middle-class couple in late 60s Brooklyn, over … Continue reading Paula Fox: Desperate Characters
Following on from my creative writing spur, here's something I wrote with the help of a creative writing kit which gave me the first line. I put tulips under the pillows, and then I set fire to the house. Would the tulips be uncovered before the flames destroyed it all? I hoped so. I imagined … Continue reading Tulips under the pillow
I'm still not really sure what to make of this novel (not a great start for reviewing it, I know). I've read it twice now, the second time not for enjoyment, but in an attempt to understand my feelings towards it. Unfortunately they're still slightly confused, so hopefully this review will help me organise them. … Continue reading Adrian Barnes: Nod
Oh fantasy book genre, how I've missed you. Bought for George R.R. Martin's name a while back, Windhaven was taken from its place on my shelf for the same reason: upon the season seven finale of Game of Thrones, I knew I would need to fill the Martin whole in my life (even if, let's … Continue reading George R.R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle: Windhaven