I share my thoughts on Norman Bissell’s fictionalised retelling of a crucial period in George Orwell’s life.
In a small English town of Hardborough Florence Green decides, against polite but determined opposition, to open a bookshop.
A cleverly inventive, well-crafted debut novel about loneliness and hope – set on an offshore windfarm in the near future.
We look back at the 1981 political thriller ‘Bodily Harm’ for Margaret Atwood Reading Month.
Crimson is a tale of love, lust, despondency and queer life in modern Greenland.
Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic once-in-a-generation summer.
A powerful novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.
One ill-fated evening at the Reform Club, Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions £20,000 that he can travel around the world in 80 days – and he is determined not to lose!
Described as “a brilliantly irreverent satire of Fleet Street and its hectic pursuit of hot news”, I was unfortunately unable to connect with Scoop – one of Evelyn Waugh’s most popular novels.
I’ve successfully completed the second week of my free online course, How to Read a Novel, in which we examined characterisation.
Craig Larsen’s novel is a harrowing tale of survival in desperate circumstances. It will undoubtedly appeal to readers of gritty noir wartime thrillers.
Asymmetry is a story in which nothing and nobody is equal. It is inventive, compelling and altogether unforgettable. We should expect to hear a great deal more of its promising author over the coming months.
Writer, James Dixon, has created an offbeat protagonist in Willem Gyle.
Love is an intelligent, compassionate, if melancholy tale, which demonstrates what can happen if we become too internalised and fail to be mindful of those we love most.
I rather like Pompey Casmilus, the narrator of this slightly off-kilter stream of consciousness novel.
It is difficult to know how to define Life After Life, Kate Atkinson’s 2013 Costa Book Award winning novel.
The British poet, novelist and children’s writer, Helen Dunmore died of cancer at the age of 64 on 5th June 2017.
I must begin by confessing that I had never heard of Thomas Love Peacock or his 1818 novel Nightmare Abbey until seeing it included at No.9 on the Guardian’s list of 100 Best Novels.