Book Blog: Mockingbird by Walter Tevis

One of the best things that’s happened to me recently is discovering the writing of Walter Tevis. I’ve lost count of the number of fantastic authors I’ve read over the years but Tevis has to come near the top of the list of Best Writers. Born in 1928, Tevis was an American novelist and short…… Continue reading Book Blog: Mockingbird by Walter Tevis

5 characters in search of a reader

Meet celebrity biographer Nigel Lush, WW1 veteran Leonard Stidges, Sir Maurice and Lady Brearley of the Budeholme Estate, and campaigning journalist, Arnie Stidges. Five characters from Michael Murray’s epic novel, Magnificent Britain. Nigel Lush “As a biographer he’d always had an uneasy relationship with the truth.” Part One of Magnificent Britain is set in 1971.…… Continue reading 5 characters in search of a reader

Book Blog: The Dig by John Preston

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

Book Blog: Zennor in Darkness by Helen Dunmore

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

Sunday Serial #17

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I’ve been following a nineteenth century tradition and publishing some of “Leefdale” by Michael Murray in weekly instalments. But now it’s time to pack away the serial. I’ve reached the limit of how much of the novel I can share without clashing with the rules of Kindle Unlimited. If you’ve enjoyed reading the serialisation of…… Continue reading Sunday Serial #17

Sunday Serial #16

I’m following a nineteenth century tradition and publishing some of “Leefdale” by Michael Murray in weekly instalments. You can find the links to previous instalments on this page. So, if you like the Dickensian idea of reading your novels in weekly instalments, read on ….. CHAPTER SIX ‘Have there been any changes in the circumstances…… Continue reading Sunday Serial #16

Sunday Serial #15

I’m following a nineteenth century tradition and publishing some of “Leefdale” by Michael Murray in weekly instalments. You can find the links to previous instalments on this page. So, if you like the Dickensian idea of reading your novels in weekly instalments, read on ….. Sharon’s first instinct was to drag Louise downstairs and force…… Continue reading Sunday Serial #15

#ThrowbackThursday #BookReview The Heartfelt Series by Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor

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For several years I wrote a book blog and accumulated reviews of some really good reads. I saw on Twitter that Renee at It’s Book Talk started using the #ThrowbackThursday meme as a way to share books that are old favourites or have been waiting to be read for a long time. I decided to visit my…… Continue reading #ThrowbackThursday #BookReview The Heartfelt Series by Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor

Sunday Serial #14

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I’m following a nineteenth century tradition and publishing some of “Leefdale” by Michael Murray in weekly instalments. You can find the links to previous instalments on this page. So, if you like the Dickensian idea of reading your novels in weekly instalments, read on ….. They’d only just entered the cottage when Louise burst out,…… Continue reading Sunday Serial #14