Author Archives: shirl

June 23

First, we make the beast beautiful: a new story about anxiety

First, we make the beast beautiful: a new story about anxiety, by Sarah Wilson. Post by Rebecca. This unusually titled book is written by Sarah Wilson, of “I Quit Sugar” and “I Quit Sugar: Simplicious” fame. It’s a very personal, very wise and very readable book that tackles the issue of anxiety – an issue […]

The wild, dark flowers

The Wild Dark Flowers by Elizabeth Cooke. Post by Sandra. This book is exquisitely written of a time past as the war years approach and affect the lives of the people who live at Rutherford Park.  There is the story of Harry Cavendish and his child, Cecilia, by a servant which he finds difficult to […]

June 21

Rutherford Park

Rutherford Park by Elizabeth Cooke. Post by Sandra. This novel is a story set at a beautiful country estate in England, Rutherford Park.  It is written with a wonderful insight  into the lives of the gentry and also the servants living at the estate.  It  is indicative of a time past where there was so […]

June 20

The Thirst

The Thirst by Jo Nesbo. Post by Robyn55.   As many of you will know This is the much anticipated new Harry Hole thriller.   Jo Nesbo has written 10 previous novels in which Harry Hole is his hero, and   what a hero.This book does not disappoint. Harry is once again on the trail […]

June 19

Only time will tell

Only time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer. This fascinating tale is set in Bristol of the 1920’s and 1930’s.  It is a wonderful story of Harry Clifton, brought up and raised in the city, but by a mere chance of his singing ability is given opportunities which he would not otherwise have and receives an excellent grammar school […]

April 21

More Bitter Than Death

More Bitter than Death by Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff. Post by Robyn. A very good read about a very important subject. When a group of women get together to share and perhaps try to make sense of their experiences of domestic violence, they could not have predicted the chain of events that follow. All […]

April 20

First Response – a terrorist plot

First Response by Stephen Leather. I love both of the series by bestselling author Stephen Leather featuring the characters of Spider Shepherd and Jack Nightingale respectively. I was surprised to find that this new novel features a terrific new character – Muslim police superintendent Mo Kamran. First Response has been written as a standalone novel, but […]

April 19

A street cat named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. A Street Cat Named Bob is the first in a charming series of books about a busker who adopted a stray marmalade moggy from the streets of London. James Bowen came home one evening to find an injured cat lying at the bottom of the stairs to […]

April 18

It was only ever you

It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan Post by Sandra. This book is a wonderful story about three girls in the early years of rock and roll.  The story starts out in Ireland, County Mayo, and later is set in the halcyon days of New York where there were dance clubs and venues which […]

April 17

Dancing in the moonlight

Dancing in the Moonlight by Rita Bradshaw. Post by Sandra Taylor. This very realistic story is set in England during the depression years and the lead up to the second world war and its aftermath.  It does seem to be historical fiction at its best but is also raw and gritty.  It does not spare […]