Throwback Thursday! Engleby by Sebastian Faulks.

‘My name is Mike Engleby and I’m in my second year at an ancient university’. In this book Faulks creates one of the best unreliable narrators in fiction. His voice is mesmerising, intelligent and strangely compelling. I found myself strangely drawn in by him. In fact he’s very funny, in a darkly humorous way. We’reContinue reading “Throwback Thursday! Engleby by Sebastian Faulks.”

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner.

With crackling suspense, unforgettable characters and searing insight, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating debut novel of secrets, vengeance and the remarkable ways women can save each other despite the barrier of time. Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the cityContinue reading “The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner.”

Throwback Thursday! The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Armin.

This is such an apt novel for the time of year, but I’ve found myself thinking about it recently for two other reasons. Of course spring is on it’s way, but this year is something of a personal renaissance. I’ve been shielding since the second lockdown, because I have multiple sclerosis and it means IContinue reading “Throwback Thursday! The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Armin.”

Throwback Thursday! The Miniaturist and Meeting Jessie Burton.

Me and Jessie Burton! I never imagined I would meet the author of a book I picked up at my local indie bookshop Lindum Books. They run regular evenings with authors at The Collection in the city of Lincoln – I can’t wait to attend them again in the future. This was a great eveningContinue reading “Throwback Thursday! The Miniaturist and Meeting Jessie Burton.”

Throwback Thursday! The Missing One by Lucy Atkins

When this book first came out, I raced through it over a couple of days, because I was dying to find out what happened back in the 1970s to Elena and Susannah. A terrifying and traumatic event links these two women until the present day and it can’t stay a secret for ever. In theContinue reading “Throwback Thursday! The Missing One by Lucy Atkins”

Throwback Thursday! The Illusionists and Daughter of the House by Rosie Thomas.

My experience of finding these two novels by Rosie Thomas shows that the old cliché ‘never judge a book by its’ cover’ does sometimes apply. I was browsing on my kindle (a lethal pastime) and looking through my recommendations when I came across Daughter of the House. The cover had a magical, ‘circus’ feel thatContinue reading “Throwback Thursday! The Illusionists and Daughter of the House by Rosie Thomas.”

Throwback Thursday! Precious Bane by Mary Webb.

I was drawn to this novel because of my mum’s interest in Mary Webb’s novel Gone to Earth and the film adaptation starring Jennifer Jones. At the time I was writing my dissertation for my undergraduate degree in English Literature. I was writing about disability in 20th Century literature, but also developed an interest inContinue reading “Throwback Thursday! Precious Bane by Mary Webb.”

Throwback Thursday! A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray.

Meet the Bradleys. In lots of ways, they’re a normal family:Zippy is sixteen and in love for the first time; Al is thirteen and dreams of playing for Liverpool. And in some ways, they’re a bit different:Seven-year-old Jacob believes in miracles. So does his dad. But these days their mum doesn’t believe in anything, notContinue reading “Throwback Thursday! A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray.”

Throwback Thursday! The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix by Paul Sussman.

Something very strange happened when I first read Paul Sussman’s book. I was up at night feeling unwell and made it half way through the novel without even taking a break. I had never read any of his books so as far as I knew this could have been a debut novel or one ofContinue reading “Throwback Thursday! The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix by Paul Sussman.”

Throwback Thursday! The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.

It’s been too long since we had a Sarah Waters novel and although I love her Victorian era fiction, this novel really did stay with me. In 1922 a mother and daughter live in a villa in Camberwell. A house once filled with the sounds of men – husbands, brothers and servants – is nowContinue reading “Throwback Thursday! The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.”