Regardless of the title, when this book begins, the proposed match looks eminently suitable. Recently divorced Rose, 63, and recently widowed Tyler chance to meet at a London theatre, realise they had been contemporaries at secondary school, reminisce about schooldays and fall blissfully in love. Not just suitable then, but in the “too good to […]
Aimed at young readers in the 7 – 9 age group, this lively story, or group of stories, is recounted by Amelia, 11, who lives in Elfhelm a town in the Far North, peopled by elves and other magical creatures, including Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. All plans for Yuletide festivities are threatened when the […]
Florence in the five or so years before the outbreak of war in 1939 is the setting for this unusual book, which mixes fact and fiction. Esmond Lowndes, fresh out of Cambridge and banished abroad on account of his affair with a fellow male student, is responsible for launching a radio station on behalf of […]
Rosie O’Leary helps her mother run a horse-drawn barge. Their horse, Daisy, is a comfort to her when her mother criticises everything she does, loudly and often, so Rosie is devastated when there are plans to exchange their barge for one with an engine. She finds some comfort when Tim, a fellow bargee, comes into […]
You need all your wits about you to track the complexities of cyber warfare, which is the basis of Gerald Seymour’s latest thriller. There are plots and counterplots, escapes, pursuits, daring and deception galore. This is an absorbing read, but not a quick one. Seymour is never short on detail or excitement, however serious his […]
Nadiya Hussein looks lovely and has an attractive personality. She has mixed baking with stories before, and this volume is different, in that the stories are based around Christmas. The recipes are geared to children, reasonably easy to prepare and beautifully illustrated by Clair Rossiter. A good borrow from the library.
by Caryl Hart with illustrations by Ali Pye. Scholastic Books Indeed girls can – and should and do. The book is a slim volume, but large in format, and the illustrations are lively, clear and interesting. The age range given is 3 – 6, which seems very young. Parents and rather older children will have a […]
In many ways this is an unromantic romance. Set in Vienna early in the 20th century, it is a recently discovered text by Vogel, a leading poet and author whose work was compared with Kafka and Thomas Mann, among others. His only published novel before this one was Married Life. Whilst presenting a decadent city […]