Zenith Hotel – Short but beautifully sweet…

Narrator Nanou, a street prostitute, gives a detailed account of her day, from the moment she wakes up with a foul taste in her mouth, in her sordid rented room, until the minute she crawls back into her bed at night to sleep. Interwoven with her story are portraits of… Continue reading

Liz Currently Loves…We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy. And thank you to the lovely Leilah Skelton of Waterstones fame for being very insistent that I read this one… Meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she… Continue reading

Chocolate Book Tag…

Thanks to Margaret BleachHOuseLibrary http://bleachhouselibrary.blogspot.ie/2014/03/chocolate-book-tag.html for tagging me to do this.   1) Dark Chocolate – A book that covers a dark topic One of the best debut’s I have ever read, Elizabeth Haynes “Into the Darkest Corner” takes a realistic and frightening look at domestic abuse. 2. White chocolate: your… Continue reading

Featured: Dystopian Fiction. Guest Article by Jack Croxall

  Dystopian Books: The Wind on Fire Trilogy   When lovely Liz asked me to write an article on my favourite dystopian story, one series sprang instantly to mind: the Wind on Fire trilogy by William Nicholson. Starting with The Wind Singer, Nicholson’s trilogy begins in Aramanth; a meritocratic dystopia…. Continue reading

Featured: Post Apocalyptic Fiction. Guest article by Sam Kates.

  So the first in a series of articles running on that genre of book known as Post Apocalyptic Fiction comes from Sam Kates, author of “The Cleansing”. Look out for other articles from a variety of lovely authors and readers coming over the next little while. We will also… Continue reading

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules. Competition and Author Interview.

I was recently lucky enough to read this hilarious and heartwarming tale about the vagaries of getting older and being expected to behave just so – and about Martha who refuses to conform. And in exciting news Pan will be publishing the sequels – I can’t wait to find out… Continue reading

Liz Nugent is Unravelling Oliver. Happy Publication Day.

I was lucky enough to read this brilliant debut novel early, and also lucky enough to persuade Liz Nugent to answer some questions for me about the book – here is what she had to tell me.   Tell us a little about how idea for the story started coming… Continue reading

Lucy Lawrie and Tiny Acts of Love.

I recently read Lucy Lawrie’s debut novel “Tiny Acts of Love” and it headed straight into my “will read over and over again” chart, a wonderfully witty and insightful novel about new Parenthood which will capture your heart whether or not you have ever been a first time Mum or… Continue reading