The Watchmaker Of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

London, 1883, three lives are drawn together. Thaniel, a young man who works for the Home Office as a telegraphist, an eccentric Japanese watchmaker who may have links to a bomb set my Irish revolutionaries, and Grace, a woman at Oxford who longs to be able to work on her science experiments in peace. When…

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Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

Daisy and Violet are twin sisters who have a gift. But Daisy has changed her name to Kate, married a lovely man and had children, burying her gift and all it means to her, and gained precious normality. But when her sister makes a psychic prediction to the public about an upcoming earthquake, Kate’s life…

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

This book is part of a series of mysteries set in Norwich, UK, involving the work of Dr Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist. In this case, some bones are found during an excavation for a restaurant, and the Ruth soon finds that rather than being of medieval date, they’re less than 10 years old. When…

Bedlam: London And Its Mad by Catharine Arnold

The word Bedlam became part of common usage as a slang word for chaos, anarchy and mess, but was originally a well known hospital for those suffering from mental illness. It was established in 1247 and existed at different sites til the 1930’s. It’s history is the history of the treatment for people who were…

She Who Fights Monsters by Kyoko M

The second book in the Black Parade series, Jordan and the angel Michael are finally together, but when Seers all over the world start to turn up dead, they must work together and team up with the demon Belial to stop the end of the world. With Belial intent on destroying their relationship and a…

MOTD: A Marc Jacobs Beauty Look

Through the lovely people at Influenster UK, I was invited to head to the Marc Jacobs Beauty counter at John Lewis in Oxford Street, London, to try out their products and have my makeup done. It was really fun, and I liked their products, and since a lot of you were asking for details over…

Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons

If you’ve read Cold Comfort Farm you’ll be familiar with Stella Gibbons. She wrote about 25 books, of which it was her most well known work, and though forgotten for many years, she’s having a bit of a revival lately. Written in 1938, Nightingale Wood is a romance set in Essex. It largely follows Viola, a…

Tiny Letter: The Decline Of The Magazine

This post first appeared on TinyLetter.com, which is a service which I use to send more personal letter-like mailings to my readers. It’s a look into the more personal side of my life, so you have to be signed up to read them. All you need is an email address to get on this mailing…