The Institute by Vincent Bijlo

Vincent Bijlo is more well known in The Netherlands where he works in TV, radio and theatre, as well as in stand up comedy, so I had never heard of him before Holland Park Press asked me to review this book for them. (As always, all opinions herein are my own, and the book was…

A Spool Of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

This was the first Anne Tyler that I’ve read, which is pretty crazy considering how often she’s recommended to me, and I’m very happy to recommend her to you. If you read my movie blog, you’ll perhaps have read my review of the film adaptation of her book The Accidental Tourist, which I loved. If…

Nathaniel’s Nutmeg by Giles Milton

I don’t often review non-fiction books for you guys here, so I thought it was a good time to share this one with you. It’s called Nathaniel’s Nutmeg, which is a bit of a misnomer, as the Nathaniel in question, although quite heroic, is not the main focus of the book. The book is about…

Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier

A man whose life has been entirely devoted to his teaching of ancient languages and books finds himself walking out of his life one day when he comes across a book that speaks to him. He walks out on his classes and heads to Portugal to find the author, and to discover the man whose…

The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen

This four book series for young adults follows the lives and romantic dramas of four girls living in New York in 1899, when lives were determined by whether your family’s money was old or new, and where reputation was everything. Beautiful Elizabeth Holland, who loves a boy her wealthy family will never approve of, her…