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Review: Shatila Stories

Review: Shatila Stories

How The Book Came About I was a bit late in finding Shatila Stories, discovering it on its publication day rather than during the Kickstarter campaign to support the publication of this book. Commissioned by Peirene Press, Shatila Stories is a work of collaborative fiction created by nine Syrian and Palestinian refugees who reside in […]

Posted August 8, 2018


Short Stories For Autumn

Short Stories For Autumn

There’s something about this time of year that lends itself beautifully to curling up in a favourite chair with a cuppa, a blanket and a compilation of short stories. Don’t you think? So today I thought I’d share with you two of my recent reads that I think are perfect for reading right now! I’ve […]

Posted November 8, 2017


Mini Review: Ruined

Mini Review: Ruined

  Sometimes I go through phases where I’m enjoying what I’m reading but I’m not consumed by it. It seems I’ve had a run of those recently – until now. I picked up Ruined and from the outset, I was swept up in the story. It was just what I needed – action, intrigue and a […]

Posted April 29, 2017


Mini Review: Our Endless Numbered Days

Mini Review: Our Endless Numbered Days

I picked up this book having heard various people rave about it, so I guess I probably had fairly high hopes when I started it. I enjoyed it, just didn’t love it. So, Peggy is 8 when her father takes her away to live in a cabin in the woods. He tells her that they […]

Posted October 21, 2016


Mini Review: Crooked Kingdom

Mini Review: Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom was one of my most-anticipated releases of the year. I adored Six of Crows and couldn’t wait for the second book in this duology. I’ve long been a fan of Bardugo; her Grisha trilogy was outstanding and I find myself frequently recommending it to readers young and old alike. So would Crooked Kingdom […]

Posted October 17, 2016


Review: Salt To The Sea

Review: Salt To The Sea

The wartime sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff is the worst disaster in maritime history, and yet its story is largely overlooked. It was a German ship packed with refugees which was torpedoed by a Russian submarine during World War 2, resulting in the loss of over 9000 lives, of which an estimated 5000 were children. […]

Posted April 28, 2016


Review: The Winner’s Crime

Review: The Winner’s Crime

Do you ever shout at the tv? You’re watching a film or a tv series and shouting almost pantomime-style “he’s behind you” or “no, don’t go in there”, “just tell him”, “kiss him you idiot”? (Hopefully that’s not just a Rhoda-thing.) Well I found myself doing that a lot with this book. A LOT! Obviously […]

Posted March 22, 2016


Recently Read: Atwood & Burnside

Recently Read: Atwood & Burnside

The Handmaid’s Tale is a book that I definitely feel I should have read before now. What prompted me to finally read it was reviews of Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours, with many people likening it to a YA version of The Handmaid’s Tale. So before I got reading O’Neill’s book I decided it was […]

Posted September 24, 2015