The Girl Who Smiled Beads: An authentic, honest and fresh story about war and its effects

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: An authentic, honest and fresh story about war and its effects

Having read Clemantine Wamariya  harrowing, human and ultimately hopeful account of her childhood as a refugee fleeing the civil war in Rwanda I’m genuinely unsure how to write a review. Partly because the central theme of this story is Warmariya attempt to find her voice, to take the pain and suffering of her young life [...]

The Familiars: A sumptuous gothic tale based on real historical events

The Familiars: A sumptuous gothic tale based on real historical events

My mother always said I cared too much what people thought, but really I cared too much about what people said, especially when my back was turned. Thoughts were private, rumour was not…”  You’re probably noticing a bit of a theme with my recent reviews - namely that I have raved about every single book. [...]

The Binding: The Perfect Marriage of Magical Realism and Historical Fiction

The Binding: The Perfect Marriage of Magical Realism and Historical Fiction

Spellbound - it’s one of those cliche things you say about books isn’t it - “Reading this left me spellbound” or “It’s a spellbinding read.” It works because as readers we understand what is meant, that this book drew you in, cast you under its magic and left you feeling bereft and lost without the [...]

So Lucky

So Lucky

You’ve probably seen So Lucky on your bookstagram feed (if you have one) and praise for this novel seems to have been singing from every reviewer. I’ll be joining that noise, this is a great book, a quick and enjoyable read.  The irony that this novel has been so widely advertised on social media cannot [...]