Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons

If you’ve read Cold Comfort FarmΒ 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…

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

History tends to demonise Thomas Cromwell as being a dark figure, perhaps jealous of his betters due to his own low birth, and who abused his power and stopped at nothing to dissolve the monasteries. But in this book, history is told from his perspective, and we see a dynamic and loyal man, who was…

The Black Parade by Kyoko M

Jordan is a young woman with a dark past who keeps it together by working as a waitress and drinking to drown out the nightmares. She mostly keeps to herself, to keep her secret safe: she has been tasked with helping one hundred souls cross over to the other side in two years or she…

Harper Connelly Mysteries by Charlaine Harris

I have to admit to being a bit of a fan of Charlaine Harris. I really like her True Blood series, because I find Sookie Stackhouse to be a really nice person, and the plots are fun, adventurous, sexy… But that said, I also like Harris’s writing style. It’s down to earth. She paces her…

The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco

A book about books, this is the story of a young novice in the 1300’s who goes to a mysterious abbey with his master, a monk called William Of Baskerville. At that place, a papal delegation is going to be sent to debate religious doctrine that is tearing apart the fabric of society at the…

Hell’s Mouth by AP Bateman

This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review. AP Bateman writes crime thrillers, and is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author. DCI O’Bryan is recovering from life: he’s an alcoholic, his family have left him, and he’s recently survived a stab wound while taking out a terrorist in London. He’s…

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

It seems like there is a glut of books now where two parallel narratives in two times link up to solve the mysteries of the other, one being in the past and the other being in the present. It feels like it’s own genre, perhaps. One of the finest examples of this is Sebastian Barry’s…

True Grit by Charles Portis

Perhaps this book really needs no introduction, like many classic pieces of literature. It has had two major movie adaptations, and was for a long time required reading on school book lists, so it’s widely known and loved. It’s the story of 14 year old Mattie Ross, a determined teen who lives in frontier territory.…