Booklover Mailbox – Rosy Thornton and Jay Baker

Ninepins by Rosy Thornton

Two arrivals for me this week, one the old-fashioned way and one via email, both for review:

NINEPINS by Rosy Thornton


Deep in the Cambridgeshire fens, Laura is living alone with her 12-year old daughter Beth, in the old tollhouse known as Ninepins. She’s in the habit of renting out the pumphouse, once a fen drainage station, to students, but this year she’s been persuaded to take in 17-year-old Willow, a care-leaver with a dubious past, on the recommendation of her social worker, Vince. Is Willow dangerous or just vulnerable? It’s possible she was once guilty of arson; her mother’s hippy life is gradually revealed as something more sinister; and Beth is in trouble at school and out of it. Laura’s carefully ordered world seems to be getting out of control.

With the tension of a thriller, Ninepins explores the idea of family, and the volatile and changing relationships between mothers and daughters, in a landscape that is beautiful but – as they all discover – perilous.

Mr Something by Jay BakerMR SOMETHING by Jay Baker


Isaac Ward knows that a man should obey the law, protect his country, do what’s right. But when an improbable corpse leads to an impossible device, these duties collide head on – and only one can win. Dreaming of changing the world for the better, Isaac takes the device for himself. This is his chance to do something. Be someone. But he has his work cut out for him. The world is big, stubborn, and not so easily changed – and before he can even try, he has another, far more pressing problem. How to stay alive. Mr. Something is a fast-moving and provocative adventure story, ranging from the towers of San Francisco to the villages of Malawi. It examines duty, significance, and one of the world’s greatest issues: the one billion human beings living – and dying – in extreme poverty.


I really enjoyed Rosy Thornton’s last novel The Tapestry of Love and my mum has her eye on this copy of Ninepins sitting in my To-Be-Reviewed Pile already.

The very original premise of Mr Something has certainly caught my attention and it is rating very well on Amazon so far.

What did you get in your mailbox this week?


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  1. says

    Hi Jo,

    I billion people living and dying in poverty …. ‘Mr. Something’ sounds like a storyline a bit too close to home right now, although not something that I shall be rushing out to buy.

    On the other hand, the ‘Rosy Thornton’ sounds great and has already been added to my wish list. I too have read ‘The Tapestry Of Love’ and thought it was brilliant.

    Thanks for a great find for me this week.


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