Bookish Musings

Orion on Tour in Cardiff – Thursday 15th November 2018

Last Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending the Orion on Tour Cardiff event. As well as this being the Tour’s first visit to Wales, it was also my first event of this kind and I was particularly excited because Cardiff – and the South Wales area – does not have many bookish activities… Continue reading Orion on Tour in Cardiff – Thursday 15th November 2018

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Solitary Woman: Alone Time by Stephanie Rosenbloom (Bantam Press, 14th June 2018)

I am going to begin this review with a declaration of honesty: I’ve never been very good at being on my own, at making effective use of those unexpected, precious moments of isolation. Coupled with this, I tend to find travel of any kind stressful and anxiety-inducing – even though I appreciate the destination I… Continue reading Solitary Woman: Alone Time by Stephanie Rosenbloom (Bantam Press, 14th June 2018)

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The power of love: Differently Normal by Tammy Robinson (Piatkus Books, 7th June 2018)

The tagline for Tammy Robinson’s Differently Normal is ‘If it doesn’t break your heart, it isn’t love’, and the book certainly delivers on this promise. Differently Normal accompanies Maddy and Albert as they navigate the turbulent waters of young adulthood, but neither of them have the typical life of an nineteen-year-old. Maddy’s life revolves around routine,… Continue reading The power of love: Differently Normal by Tammy Robinson (Piatkus Books, 7th June 2018)

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The beast is beautiful: Little Beast by Julie Demers (transl. by Rhonda Mullins) (Coach House Books, 22nd May 2018)

Little Beast by Julie Demers is a fairy tale with a twist. Set in 1944, in a small village in rural Quebec which is bordered by a vast mountain and a raging river, live a mother, a father and an eleven-year-old daughter. One day, the daughter begins to develop a full beard, the shock of which… Continue reading The beast is beautiful: Little Beast by Julie Demers (transl. by Rhonda Mullins) (Coach House Books, 22nd May 2018)

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Murder Most Mysterious: The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve (Raven Books, 3rd May 2018)

London, 1880. The body of a man is washed up by the Thames and delivered to the hands of Leo Stanhope, a coroner’s assistant. He appears to have drowned, a bottle of ale in his pocket and five pennies and a farthing in his wallet. There is nothing particularly sinister about this vaguely tragic event,… Continue reading Murder Most Mysterious: The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve (Raven Books, 3rd May 2018)