If you have to buy a present for someone who “doesn’t really want anything”, you could do worse than get your hands on a copy of The Runagates Club by John Buchan, in a bright new edition brought out by the Handheld Press. See my review at Shiny New Books today! http://shinynewbooks.co.uk/the-runagates-club-by-john-buchan/ Advertisements
Mary S. Lovell, Bess of Hardwick; First Lady of Chatsworth, Little, Brown, 2005 Julie has asked me to write a guest blog for number 300. It seems only right that, since I am married to a wonderful Derbyshire lady, to write a blog about another one. Bess was born in 1527, at the small manor … More 300 and not out! Bess of Hardwick by Mary S. Lovell reviewed by Northernvicar
This is the latest in a long series of novels featuring private investigator, Maisie Dobbs and her family and associates. In this book it is September 1939, war has just been declared, and tension is in the air, especially among those who remember the First World War all too well. The novels have covered the … More In This Grave Hour : a Maisie Dobbs novel by Jacqueline Winspear
Georgette Heyer is one of the few authors who has created and sustained a whole new genre of fiction writing. Regency romances are not everyone’s first choice of reading; they can be formulaic, they are light and not asking too many deep questions, and they can be incredibly predictable. As to the formula, it is … More Snowdrift and other Stories by Georgette Heyer
Today I present a link to Shiny New Books – my review of a terrific book “A Hundred Tiny Threads” by Judith Barrow. Intense, atmospheric and generally superb writing…. – click here. Apparently if you click on the above you get through to the review, and from there dozens (hundreds?) of book reviews! Happy reading!
The BBC version! Harriet Walters and Edward Petherbridge being academic…. This book must rate as one of my all time favourite novels. Gaudy Night is all the things that Sayers does well; characters, especially the so realistic Harriet Vane, setting, Oxford at its best, and a mystery, which proves that a gory murder within the … More Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
This new Persephone reprint is such a good read that it felt personal. Diana Tutton’s book is full of the small details of a life restricted by a strong willed parent, aided and abetted by a loving father. This review copy, for which many thanks to Persephone, was not always easy to read because of … More Guard Your Daughters by Diana Tutton – A Persephone Gem