Book Review

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Book Review: ‘Home’ by Amanda Berriman

In 2013 I had a short story published  in an anthology called ‘Stories for Homes’; the brainchild of Debi Alper and Sally Swingewood, and Mandy Berriman’s story  A Home Without Moles was the first one in the book.  It  showed the world through the eyes of four-and-a-half (the ‘half’ of the utmost importance, as we well remember) Jesika Petrowski … Continue reading

‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier : #bookreview

I must be the only person in the world not to have read this book.  I remember watching the Olivier film on the tellybox in my teens and thinking the acting all very wooden and postured and although Mrs Danvers held onto my imagination with her insidious, austere presence, the story didn’t really capture my … Continue reading

‘Time Travelling with a Hamster’ by Ross Welford

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this. But wait.  I’m actually going to. This book – a purchase on a total whim because I saw it hovering at the top of the bestsellers charts in the children’s category on Amazon and  because I’m a complete sucker when it comes to anything time-travelly plus … Continue reading

Book Reviews: ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio, ‘The Tulip Touch’ by Anne Fine & ‘Lucky’ by Alice Sebold

As I’m currently studying ‘Writing for Children’ as part of Level 2 in my Creative Writing degree with the OCA, I’m reading and reviewing a lot more children’s books than I generally do.  Having said that, I used to read a TON of Young Adult books when my Girl was living at home, and so when … Continue reading

Book Review: Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie

OMG.  Isn’t that what ‘the kids’ say these days? I’ve just started Writing For Children as the 2nd half of my level 2 Creative Writing degree coursework.  Sophie McKenzie’s ‘Blood Ties’ came up as a recommended read under the Adventure/Action section, and I was worried right away that I wouldn’t like or understand it.  It’s so not … Continue reading

Book Review: ‘The Keeper of Lost Things’ by Ruth Hogan

In an unprecedented reading move, I’ve had to put Sharon Bolton’s Little Black Lies to one side halfway through its reading because once I’d got my hands on The Keeper of Lost Things, the debut novel written by Ruth Hogan, I couldn’t let it go.  Of course if Sharon and I had shared Danish pastries, … Continue reading

Book Review: ‘Slade House’ by David Mitchell

David Mitchell’s writing is (and here I was going to say ‘like Marmite’, but that analogy doesn’t work for me because I’ve always loved the stuff) a bit ‘hit and miss’ – gah – there’s GOT to be a better way of phrasing it – excuse me, it’s very VERY hot up here in my … Continue reading

Book Review: ‘The Versions of Us’ by Laura Barnett

I immediately fell in love with the premise of this. The blurb reads: “Eva and Jim are nineteen, and students at Cambridge, when their paths first cross in 1958.  Jim is walking along a lane when a woman approaching him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog.  What happens next will determine the rest … Continue reading

Book Review: ‘Never Far From Nowhere’ by Andrea Levy

I’ve been a bit lax with posting book reviews lately – mainly because of the writing degree I’m doing and this section of the course is ‘Writing Short Fiction’, so I’m basically drowning (metaphorically but it feels SO literal at times) in short story anthologies and I’m not really reading much full-length stuff. So this book – Andrea Levy‘s ‘Never … Continue reading

Book Review: ‘Adam and Eve and Pinch Me’ by Ruth Rendell

I found this recently on an impromptu trip to a local market.  I’ve read a few Ruth Rendells now, and actually one of her short story collections may become the subject of my final Creative Reading Commentary (like a dissertation only, thankfully, shorter) at the end of this part of the Creative Writing degree course I’m currently … Continue reading


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