John-John’s character and his situation have shades of Billy in A Kestrel for a Knave and also of David Copperfield. They are all innocents abroad in a world which is uncaring and cruel. But they are not infected by it; indeed they make the utter hopelessness bearable.
This book is about the imposition of order onto chaos, the over-layering of wilderness by civilization.Read More
Reading is a dynamic, immersive activity. I put time aside to read. I make a conscious decision to light the fire, make a pot of tea and ignore the ‘phone or the ping of the email inbox.Read More
The story is tremendously exciting; a predatory fracking company, the malign presence of a tanker stalking them through the tundra, mysterious emails depicting strangely mutilated animals and the sharp grief of loss. But the important thing about it is the growing understanding between mother and daughter as they both come to terms with her deafness and her choice not to use her physical voice.Read More
“Having no end in view when I begin is pretty terrifying, so this is the strategy I have come up with.
I imagine each new book as a visit to a place which is unknown to me. I travel alone. My sojourn is of an unspecified duration. I must stay until the task is complete.”
The 'what if' scenario conjured by Angela King raises all kinds of questions about whether the right thing is always the best thing.Read More
This book is beautifully written - that’s the first thing to say about it. The language is sensitive and evocative. The landscape - woodlands and lakes, once wild but now increasingly encroached upon by civilisation - is very well described and the characters are depicted with delightful nuance of gesture and expression.Read More
The blog site Books, Life and Everything interviewed me about Tall Chimneys.Read More
I do not know how this book managed to pass me by when it was released in 2009 but I am so glad to have found it now.Read More
There is nothing like a bundle of old letters, a secret diary or a dusty old manuscript to get the imaginative juices flowing and this one certainly does not disappoint.Read More
This is the sequel to the excellent ‘North of Here’ but easily stands alone. It is an engaging and rewarding read.Read More
Helps you see with more clarity than you do in real lifeRead More
Elizabeth Strout is a new writer for me and gosh am I glad I found her!Read More
This is quite simply the best book I have read in ages.Read More