Book Blog: The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis

A few weeks ago, every time we went on Netflix the first title offered was The Queen’s Gambit. The blurb was intriguing: In a 1950s orphanage, a young girl reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction. I googled the title and found that the series…… Continue reading Book Blog: The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis

Have you read Magnificent Britain by Michael Murray?

The likelihood of you finding “Magnificent Britain” by Michael Murray from a random search of the Kindle Store isn’t great. So I’ve written this post to help you. “Magnificent Britain” was the first ebook Michael (my husband) and I published with Kindle Direct and that was back in 2012 at the start of the ebook…… Continue reading Have you read Magnificent Britain by Michael Murray?

Book Blog: “Still Life” by Val McDermid

Several years ago I had an enthusiasm for reading the Tony Hill novels by Val McDermid. After a while I found the very gruesome nature of her serial killers’ crimes too unpleasant and moved on to other crime writers. However, recently I noticed that McDermid’s new novel, “Still Life”, was the Kindle Deal of the…… Continue reading Book Blog: “Still Life” by Val McDermid

News of a FREE Kindle book

Readers who use a Kindle or Kindle App may find this free download of interest. On Saturday February 20th, Julia’s Room is free to download. This is Pacific Standard Time not GMT so UK readers might have to wait for America to wake up before the download is available. Julia’s Room is a novella by…… Continue reading News of a FREE Kindle book

Book Blog: A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin

I read this novel for the first time when it was originally published in the early 1980s. The author is one time Labour Party MP, Chris Mullin. Having led the Labour Party to victory in the General Election promising state control of finance and the end of newspaper monopolies by millionaire magnates, Harry Perkins doesn’t…… Continue reading Book Blog: A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin

Book Blog: In Our Infancy by Helen Corke

This is an excellent autobiography published in 1975 when the author was over 90 years old. Helen Corke has an extraordinary recall of her early childhood memories and this of itself makes the book worth reading. She was born into a reasonably well to do Victorian household but financial difficulties meant that she had to…… Continue reading Book Blog: In Our Infancy by Helen Corke

How shall we find the concord of this discord?

How shall we find the concord of this discord? Theseus, Duke of Athens A Midsummer Night’s Dream V.1 William Shakespeare Today I’m going to tell you about Michael Murray’s novel, Leefdale, for which the above quote is the epigraph. As well as being the author of Magnificent Britain, Julia’s Room, and the best-selling detective novel,…… Continue reading How shall we find the concord of this discord?

Book Blog: Hag Seed by Margaret Atwood

I’ve only read a couple of Margaret Atwood novels: “The Handmaid’s Tale” which I thought was brilliant and “The Blind Assassin” which I struggled to finish. I downloaded “Hag Seed” as a 99p Kindle Deal of the Day because I recognised the author and thought it would be a good idea to read something else…… Continue reading Book Blog: Hag Seed by Margaret Atwood