A Walk In The Park: London’s Chelsea Physick Garden

London is often called a green city, because although it’s very densely populated and built up, it’s also got some truly lovely large parks and gardens. One of the smaller gardens is in Chelsea, and contains the second oldest botanical garden in the UK. Chelsea Physick Garden was established in 1673, and remains to this…

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

This book is kind of unusual. Purporting to be the culmination of the research of the author into one of his own ancestors, it’s a collection of documents relating to a brutal murder that takes place in the Scottish Highlands during the 1800’s. It’s a time when crofters worked rented land owned by the laird,…

London Landmark: St Paul’s Cathedral

I haven’t done a post about London in while, and I love sharing my adventures in the city with you, and places that I love. This time, I went to St Paul’s Cathedral, which is a beautiful, peaceful place. Oddly enough, even though I’ve been in London for 8 years, I hadn’t actually gone inside…

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

There are days when it’s raining or or nights when it’s chilly and you just want to curl up with a bestseller, easy read thriller. You could do a lot worse than this one. It’s one of those books that gets labelled as the next Girl On The Train. And perhaps that’s about right. I…

Incognito by Khaled Talib

The Pope has been kidnapped. Is it the work of terrorists? Or does the rabbit hole go a lot deeper than that? Enter the League Of Invisible Knights, a secret order of highly trained professionals sworn to fight the forces of evil. Ayden Tanner, an ex-SAS commando, with two colleagues, descends on the scene, and…

Bold and Beautiful: Trying The Matte Lip Trend

Matte lipsticks and colours have been all over Instagram for a while. Whilst gloss has a strong sheen, and lipstick generally looks creamy, this lip colour looks flat and matte, but in a good way. For some reason, I felt like as much as I liked this trend that I wasn’t sure that it would…

The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

I picked this up because I really like books like Like Water For Chocolate, stories that have a hint of magic, but that are otherwise kind of about everyday life. (Magic realism is one of our favourite genres). Rose Edelstein is turning 9 when her mother makes her a beautiful lemon cake with chocolate icing.…

Giveaway: Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins previous book, The Girl On The Train, was a huge bestseller. This is her follow up book, which is the story of a murder. Nel Abbot is found dead in the Drowning Pool, a place where witches used to be drowned, and which has a reputation of being a haunted place, where local…