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Review: The Woodlanders, Thomas Hardy

I embarked upon my fourth Hardy novel in the wake of another viewing of the wonderful Far from the Madding Crowd, hoping there might be a little happiness in it for its characters – praying for more Bathsheba than Tess. The Woodlanders is marvellously Hardy-esque and in that there is something comfortable and familiar. There is the usual […]

Review: The Chimes, Anna Smaill

The second book in my Summer Reading List. A boy stands on the roadside on his way to London, alone in the rain. No memories, beyond what he can hold in his hands at any given moment. No directions, as written words have long since been forbidden. No parents – just a melody that tugs […]

Review: Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig

The first book in my Summer Reading List. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE? Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live […]

Review: The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure […]

Summer Reading List

As the days get longer, brighter and, hopefully, warmer (it’s the UK here, you never know), this year I have set myself the challenge of reading five very different books of different genres. Here’s my run-down: The Classic: The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot I’ve read about 50 pages of this but didn’t get much further and […]

Review: Room, Emma Donoghue

Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don’t have the key. Jack and Ma are prisoners. Room by Emma Donoghue is an extraordinarily powerful story of a mother and child kept in isolation, and the desire for, and price of, freedom. Room had been on my […]

Review: Wild, Cheryl Strayed

At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America and to do it alone. She […]