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A Treacherous Likeness
The research and imagination that has gone into this book takes it well beyond the Victorian crime genre that it might otherwise be slotted into. As i ...more
Mar 16, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
The Return of Captain John Emmett
Well - what to say. Would i recommend this book? I wanted to know what happened next; it is about shell shock and the mental torment of soldiers in th ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
Damsel in Distress (Daisy Dalrymple, #5)
This is just like reading a Famous Five book! All jolly japes,cycling, picnics, kidnaps and rescues. A little bit of romance thrown in and it was a fe ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Feb 28, 2013
Emotional Geology
I was pointed to this book via a friend on Facebook and am so pleased to have found an author whose work both challenges me and yet has me rapidly eat ...more
Jun 14, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
The Sacred River
I have been lucky enough to read a proof copy of this book, which isn't out just yet. I have to say it made a wonderful companion on a trip to Paris. ...more
May 02, 2013
Apr 20, 2013
Her Fearful Symmetry
Well I got to the end. I wanted to know what silliness would be perpetrated by and on the characters, none of whom were terribly likeable (apart from ...more
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada
A terrific read, recommended to anyone with an interest in the Victorian era, crime and social history. Angela Buckley has written a fast-paced biogra ...more
Apr 04, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
The Night Circus
There are such mixed reviews of this book that I approached it with some trepidation, attracted as I had been by a low price on Kindle. But I adored i ...more
Jun 28, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #12)
Genius. Just genius.
Oct 27, 2014
Nov 03, 2014
In a Summer Season
I have recently discovered Elizabeth Taylor - her acute observations of middle class 50's and 60's England are both entertaining and emotionally affec ...more
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
Instructions for a Heatwave
Half way through this book I thought, 'OK so why the heatwave? What part of this book needs to be set in 1976? Where are the references?'. I was, in s ...more
Oct 04, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
Overcoming Health Anxiety
Health anxiety has blighted the last five years for me. It is common amongst cancer sufferers and possibly understandably so. I should have recognised ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 02, 2012
The Driver's Seat
Wow - I read and returned again to this book (a novella) in the space of 24 hours. It has been recommended to me or I would never have found it and I ...more
Aug 16, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
Giving Up the Ghost
A wonderful book, brilliantly written. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is its length - it could be 25% longer and still leave me wanting more.

May 25, 2014
Apr 29, 2014
Underneath the Lemon Tree
This is a marvellous memoir. Brutally honest and open about his experience of depression; lyrical on the subject of his childhood and family and deter ...more
Apr 09, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
A Christmas Secret (Christmas Stories, #4)
Anne Perry is not a writer I have come across before. Even though she was described by The Times as one of the top 100 crime writers of the 20th centu ...more
Nov 23, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
The Sense of an Ending
I started this book the moment I heard it had won the Booker Prize. It is a short novel, but not a word is wasted. I have read books twice as long tha ...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
Are We Nearly There Yet?: A Family's 8000-Mile Car Journey Around Britain
I bought this book when I fell for a shrewd piece of twitter marketing by author Ben Hatch but I am not in the least bit sorry that I went to my Kindl ...more
Dec 19, 2011
Dec 14, 2011
I was recommended this book by a chap in a bookshop and it has certainly had something of a renaissance recently - 'rediscovered' as a classic novel o ...more
Aug 23, 2013
Aug 18, 2013
Gillespie and I
Oh my goodness, what a book. What an intense week I have had reading it! I stayed awake until 2.30am to finish it and couldn't sleep for another hour ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 18, 2013
Dark Matter
I read this in one sitting - the five hour journey from Somerset to the Lake District was no chore (obviously I wasn't driving!) and a book I had boug ...more
Sep 10, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
I Capture The Castle
This book has to go on my 'favourites' shelf. I nearly didn't buy it because of the cover (I have an aversion to movie tie-ins), but it is the best £1 ...more
Oct 12, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
This is the last book Elizabeth Taylor wrote, struggling to complete whilst she was terminally ill. It is also the last one of her novels left on my ' ...more
Nov 02, 2013
Oct 30, 2013
The Painted Bridge
This is a terrific read. Wendy Wallace has researched the treatment of women's mental health in Victorian Britain thoroughly and has woven fact with f ...more
Jun 08, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
The Guinea Ghost
I really enjoyed this short story. It is not simply a ghost story - it also examines the psychology of the narrator and her thoughts and feelings duri ...more
Feb 17, 2014
Feb 14, 2014
Mere Christianity
I am not a practising Christian (although I was brought up a good C of E girl)but am very interested in faith and how we seek a spiritual path through ...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 05, 2013
The Devil's Ribbon
I have been lucky enough to read this just before the launch in the UK in preparation for interviewing the author and I have thoroughly enjoyed the da ...more
Feb 21, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
Millie's Lyme
I can only give this three stars on here because a) it is not a genre I am really familiar with and b) it would be too easy, because it is written by ...more
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Jan 22, 2012
The Courage of Cowards: The Untold Stories of First World War Conscientious Objectors
This is a fascinating new examination of the life of men who in conscience, refused to fight in the Great War. Some worked in dangerous support roles ...more
Apr 16, 2014
Apr 14, 2014
The Chase
A wedge driven between them by a traumatic event in their recent past, married couple Netty and Gerald move from Oxford to the Dordogne in an attempt ...more
May 12, 2013
May 08, 2013
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