Fiction · Short Stories

How Much the Heart Can Hold, Short Story Collection | 1 Minute Reviews

Books of short stories, it turns out, are great for times when you cannot concentrate on a full novel. Nerys (pictured below) arrived on the scene on the 12th of April, a contradiction of teeth and cuddles, and so my attention has been somewhat divided. Short stories, I thought. This is where to go! My… Continue reading How Much the Heart Can Hold, Short Story Collection | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Bailey's Prize Longlist 2017 · Fiction

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood | 1 Minute Reviews

Shakespeare and Atwood combined? Well, it was never going to be a failure, was it? Hag-Seed marks the Hogarth Shakespeare project’s update of The Tempest, updated to see Felix ousted from his position in the theatre by his rivals. While in hiding, he decides that the best way to get back at his former colleagues… Continue reading Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood | 1 Minute Reviews

Bailey's Prize Longlist 2017 · books · Fiction

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry | Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017

On the morning that Brexit was officially announced, I was furiously reading the news. I was so focussed on being furious that when I got up to change trains at Rayners Lane, I left my copy of The Essex Serpent behind on the seat and wailed as it slowly drove away. //giphy.com/embed/MBz2IwLB4fmnK?html5=true Why was I… Continue reading The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry | Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017

Book Events · British Books Challenge · Fiction · Reading Round Up

It’s all about Ruth Galloway

Or, rather, my week is. My February in fact has been very much focussed on Dr. Ruth Galloway; insecure, studious, knowledgeable, wonderful Ruth. And gruff DCI Harry Nelson, out of place and missing Blackpool. Not to forget Cathbad! Oh my favourite Druid! Yes, guys. One of the main characters is a druid. On March 1st… Continue reading It’s all about Ruth Galloway

1 Minute Reviews · Fiction · Translated Fiction

Moonstone by Sjón | 1 Minute Reviews

This beautiful little book arrived in my postbox earlier this week and I couldn’t take my eyes off it, and so decided to sit down and enjoy it in one sitting. Máni Stein Karlsson, a sex worker who sees male clients, spends his days in Reykavik avidly watching the best of cinema and admiring the beautiful leather-clad… Continue reading Moonstone by Sjón | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · Fiction

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan | 1 Minute Reviews

Today, you must all go to your bookshops to get Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan, not least because it’s the prettiest book you’re going to see this year. My copy from Katie arrived at the shop for me some months back and I just finished it in 24 hours, tear stained and overjoyed… Continue reading Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Autism · books · Fiction

Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst | 1 Minute Reviews

Fancy reading an eerie blend of personality cults and struggling families? Camp Harmony begins as an idea between parents struggling with their autistic children and Scott Bean, the man who says he can help. As Tilly’s behaviour gets increasingly out of control, Alexandra decides to move her family to Camp Harmony to create a safe,… Continue reading Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst | 1 Minute Reviews