• Blog news,  Book Signings,  Latest Reads,  Literary festivals

    Jodi Picoult – A Spark of Light Henley Literary Festival 28/10/18

    Signed copy for each ticket holder, it was £22 to attend. I hold my hands up – I have never read any of Jodi’s books before, (though I do have some in my ‘To Read’ pile) – but I know about them.   And this is why I wanted to see for myself, to hear what this woman is all about, in her own words. Because she has written some award-winning books.  Some controversial books and some tearfully emotional books too.  Having written 25 books of varying subject matter – ranging from the Hallowcaust and Nazi’s.  Most recently about racism in Small Great Things.  Bone Marrow transplants – and reluctant siblings in…

  • Blog news,  Book Signings

    Ransom Riggs – Book Signing St James Church, Piccadilly, London, 6th November 2018

    Firstly what a fabulous venue!  I’ve been to a few book signings – never one in such a beautiful setting. Designed in 1672 by Architect Sir Christopher Wren, consecrated in 1684. But then severely damaged during the second world war in 1940, which Ransom wrote about in his first Novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, published back in 2011.  And who ymbryne Miss Wren is named after becuase Ransom loves all things English and loves wandering around exploring London and goes Ur-Bexing (Urban exploring – of vacated old buildings) wherever he can – see his website for more on this.  The A Map of Days is Book 4 in the what will be…

  • Latest Reads,  Thriller

    The Lingering – SJI Holliday

    Thank you Karen @Orendabooks for sending me this dark delicacy hard copy, a real triumph in the supernatural world.  Publication date:  15th November 2018 Set in an disused former psychiatric hospital, The Rosalind House community Project is now home to several residents who crave the peace and tranquility of a self-sufficient commune. Growing thier own crops and learning new ways to live without other human contact. Established by Smeaton Dunsmore to “Bring in the Light’ their ‘Family’ is joined by Jack and Ali – who need to get away, for a Fresh start.  The use of mobile phones, the internet, drugs, alcohol, TV, radio, and contact with friends and family is ‘not…

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    Trophies – by David Evans

    The Wakefield Series – 3 Book Blog Tour  Firstly I’d just like to thank – Catherine Vincent – Bits About Books – @CarolineBookBit for asking me to be part of this Book Blog Tour.  It’s been an absolute pleasure to read #TROPHIES The Wakefield Series Book 1 – Trophies From the CWA Debut Dagger Shortlisted Novelist comes an extraordinary crime novel that everyone is raving about.  When DI Colin Strong interviews a suspect on suspicion of handling stolen goods he’s convinced he’s heard their voice before. Nearly 25 years ago the tape of Wearside Jack taunted West Yorkshire Police and his suspect fits the profile.  Then the body of a…

  • Blog news,  Book Signings,  Literary festivals

    Salisbury Literary Festival – 20/10/2018 – CJ Tudor & Stuart Turton

    I booked my tickets and headed off to Salisbury – a popular city – with its own cathedral, renown for its iconic clock- the oldest clock in the world, built in 1386 and the tallest spire 123 metres tall, but less of that, as I didn’t go to see the cathedral (but neither did the Russian spies). Google gave me that information too.  Setting the scene……with these fabulous type writers.  I went to the Salisbury Literary Festival, 17th-22nd October, held in various venues throughout the town, due to the number of events they had going on during the weekend. An amazing array of authors, of all genres collected over the week to…

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    Where do you buy your books ?

    So, we all love books, right?  But where do you get your fix?   There are so many places to choose to buy or borrow from, remember the Library – if yours hasn’t been closed down due to lack of use –   Bookshops, online, Charity shops, e-readers, audio. Independent stores – are far nicer places to shop – you get that personal service, the staff come to get to know your tastes and are great at making recommendations that you may not have considered, but knowing what you’ve read before, may know before you do, that you’ll enjoy it. My local Independent shop – Mostly Books, Abingdon.  Do you even have a local independent shop, that…

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    #Bloggers Book Night

    Blackwells – Broadstreet, Oxford  The name Blackwell has been associated with bookselling since Benjamin Henry Blackwell opened his bookshop at 50 Broad Street on 1st January 1879. Since then the retail company he founded has grown into a nationwide chain of bookshops serving the academic, professional and specialist markets. At Blackwell UK Ltd we are proud of our traditions and history that makes us the leading academic bookseller in the UK All books recommend by Staff  So, I had the pleasure of going to Blackwell’s, for a #Bloggers event evening.  Some 20 of us, fellow bloggers, publishers, and publishing students.  Held in the Norrington Room, underneath the main store, after hours. We…

  • Blog news,  Book Signings

    Book Signings….

    Clare Mackintosh – Author of I See You, I Let You Go and Let Me Lie & me  Have you ever been to a book signing? They are often held during store opening hours or in the Evenings – these tend to be called ‘Events’ rather than signings and can be a panel of Authors or just a lone Author. I became aware of the Literary Lunch I went on by signing up to Clare Mackintosh’s newsletter – I’d read both her first two books, which I totally enjoyed and raved about to anyone that would listen.  She was on the verge of publishing her third book – Let Me…

  • Latest Reads,  Thriller

    The Chalk Man – C.J Tudor

    Praise for The Chalk Man… ‘ I haven’t had a sleepless night due to a book for a long time. The Chalk Man changed that’ – Fiona Barton – Best selling Author of The Child. ‘If you like my stuff, you’ll like this’ – Stephen King (Yes, THE Stephen King!)  ” That’s the thing with adults. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you say; they only hear what they want to hear. As far as the Police were concerned, we were just kids playing in the woods who followed the chalk directions and stumbled over a body. “ I became totally immersed in this book,  I love the way Ed – the…

  • Latest Reads,  Up-Lit

    The Lido – Libby Page

    I was drawn to this by the cover – it has to be said, its fairly eye-catching. Its not my usual Crime/Thriller Genre – its true, but I’m glad I did make a different choice.  I dived headfirst into this fabulous debut in May and totally fell for the idea of open-air swimming and the attraction Lido’s hold within the community. We meet Rosemary – an older 80 something widow – who’s been swimming at Brockwell Lido all her life, its where she learnt to swim, where she went for school swimming lessons and where she met her husband George and they courted out of hours!  She befriends Kate –…