Two titles with a travel theme – Ursula Bloom’s romantic fiction Wonder Cruise and Mr Snack and the Lady Water, a collection of travel essays from Brendan Shanahan. Wonder Cruise Synopsis: Ann Clements is thirty-five and single, and believes nothing exciting will ever happen to her. Then, she wins a large sum of money in […]
Martin Harbottle’s Appreciation of Time Synopsis : Dan’s got a new job. But he’s moved out of town in order to start a family and had to start commuting into the city every day, leaving his young wife Beth and newborn daughter at home. After 14 months of the trains either making him late for work or […]
The Giraffe’s Neck Synopsis : Adaptation is everything, something Frau Lomark is well aware of as the biology teacher at the Charles Darwin High School in a country backwater of the former East Germany. It is the beginning of the new school year, but, as people look west in search of work and opportunities, it’s future begins […]
Lion Attack! Synopsis : From an inaugural winner of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers comes a funny, energetic coming-of-age story that isn’t quite like any other book you’ll read this year. Oliver is a writer who’s just moved cities. He doesn’t have any friends yet; he can’t get his surly flatmate, Mark, to crack a […]
Endless Love Synopsis : Soon after moving from London, Rose Loxton discovers strange things are occurring at her new lodge in the Cotswolds. A dark, terrible history hangs over this place; one of unfinished and unconventional love. Rose must investigate the mystery of an affair that broke all boundaries and ended in calamity… (Endeavour Press) BOOK REVIEW The […]
A Tabby-cat’s Tale Synopsis: Tabby isn’t an ordinary house-cat. Though he’s the most beautiful, captivating animal to grace the rooftops of Nanjing, Tabby is also prone to unpredictable outbursts of clawing and scratching, and to raging incontinence, and he has a slightly out-of-control flea problem. But he is beloved. And despite the trouble he causes with […]
The Trial Synopsis: The terrifying tale of Joseph K, a respectable functionary in a bank, who is suddenly arrested and must defend his innocence against a charge about which he can get no information. A nightmare vision of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the mad agendas of twentieth-century totalitarian regimes. (Booktopia) Translated from the original […]
The Englishman and the Butterfly Synopsis Oxford fellow and John Milton expert, Professor Henry Fell suffers from panic attacks and a gnawing fear that what he doubtfully refers to as his existence is much more out of his control than he realizes. Newly arrived in Boston on an academic fellowship, Fell meets a variety of people who, in […]
Nocturnes Synopsis Five Stories of Music and Nightfall One of the most celebrated writers of our time gives us his first cycle of short fiction: five brilliantly etched, interconnected stories in which music is a vivid and essential character. A once-popular singer, desperate to make a comeback, turning from the one certainty in his life… […]
The White Tiger Synopsis Meet Balram Halwai, the ‘White Tiger’: servant, philosopher, entrepreneur and murderer. Balram, the White Tiger, was born in a backwater village on the River Ganges, the son of a rickshaw-puller. He works in a teashop, crushing coal and wiping tables, but nurses a dream of escape. When he learns that a […]
I simply cannot go past a cosy mystery featuring an elderly sleuth. An elderly female sleuth, all the better. Quiet Anchorage features two elderly sister sleuths that live together with a library of much-loved fictional mysteries at their disposal – what could be a better premise?
Ed Lynskey’s cosy mystery Quiet Anchorage was somewhat of a conundrum for me. Lynskey has come up with a wonderful story framework, shows moments of brilliance in setting a scene and in character development, but there were also moments of confusion. In my opinion, this novel would have benefitted immensely from some strong editing.