As an Amazon Prime subscriber I get the offer of ebooks to read at no additional cost and 29 Seconds was one of those. I don’t read thrillers very often as so many are formulaic and become tedious quite quickly. That said, some titles such as Robert Harris’ Enigma and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl are…… Continue reading Book Blog: 29 Seconds by TM Logan
This was another novel I read after watching a filmed dramatisation on Netflix. (See The Queen’s Gambit previously.) It’s an historical novel set on the eve of World War Two. The action takes place at the site of the famous archaeological dig at Sutton Hoo. The author, John Preston, is a journalist who discovered that…… Continue reading Book Blog: The Dig by John Preston
Readers who use a Kindle or Kindle App may find this free download of interest. On Saturday March 13th, 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 Julia’s Room is free today!
I recently finished reading Helen Dunmore’s first novel, Zennor in Darkness. Published in 1993, the book won the McKitterick Prize the following year. Zennor in Darkness is a World War One novel set in Cornwall. Essentially a love story between Clare Coyne and her cousin John, there’s also a fascinating sub-plot based on the true-life…… Continue reading Book Blog: Zennor in Darkness by Helen Dunmore
There was a report on the News a few months ago about a big surge in the quantity of books being bought as the pandemic took hold and home working and home schooling became the new normal for so many people. At about the same time The Guardian was reporting an increase in the sale…… Continue reading Who likes reading fiction?
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
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
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
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
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