Reviews of books recently added to our stock. The reviews are kindly supplied by Joan Stephens.
There is no doubt that the Tudor court has been a rich
source of material for historians and novelists alike and Alison Weir is in her
element, both in guiding her readers through the intricacies and intrigues of
court life and giving them vivid descriptions of the palaces the courtiers inhabited
and the […]
I’ll be honest. I picked up this book planning to skim
through it for a short review. Two chapters in, I couldn’t put it down, read it
right through and didn’t want it to end. It is described as a children’s book
and was shortlisted for a 2018 Costa Award. But it […]
In a Hampstead street on a Monday morning a young mother is
walking her dog, her baby and her toddler up to the Pond. There is a sudden
flash of speeding cars, the squeal of brakes resulting in a massive car crash.
In the ensuing chaos there are traumatised children, injured adults […]
Though there is a great deal of crime in this book, much of
it as bloodthirsty and wicked as it gets, there is much else – wry humour for a
start and several kinds of love, much of it heart-rending.
Manon Bradshaw is pregnant, exhausted, desperately worried
about her adopted son, Fly, a […]
The Granchester Mysteries, of which this is one, are set in
Cambridge, but are more church and gown than town and gown.
Canon Sidney Chambers is vicar of Grantchester, no less. He
is never quite distracted from his calling, but an inquiring mind and
friendship with the local police inspector, Geordie Keating, lead […]
In her introduction to this novel suitable for eight/nine
year olds, Elizabeth Laird explains that she once lived in war-torn Beirut, its
setting, so that her descriptions are clear and authentic.
Ayesha is ten years old. When bombs destroy the family home
in Beirut, her mother sends her away with her grandmother and […]