2019 Holiday Reads

And, relax! I've just returned from a fantastic, relaxing holiday in the beautiful Greece. Travelling with my wonderful friend Kara, we spent a few days in Athens and then went on to the picturesque Santorini. In between all our many adventures - visiting the spectacular acropolis, wine tasting and watching the sunsets - we also … Continue reading 2019 Holiday Reads


Review: The Dutch House – Ann Patchett

The Dutch House is an absorbing and elegant family drama, spanning across several generations of the Conroy family. It contains the comforting and familiar elements of a generational family saga, as our narrator Danny takes us through his childhood: growing up with his sister Maeve, a formidable father, an absent mother, and an evil stepmother. … Continue reading Review: The Dutch House – Ann Patchett

Review: A Single Thread – Tracy Chevalier

A Single Thread is a moving historical novel, set in post-First World War England. It is 1932, and although it has been several years now since the end of the war, its lasting effects linger over everyone. The war particularly hangs over the life of our central character Violet, who tragically lost both her brother and … Continue reading Review: A Single Thread – Tracy Chevalier

Review: The Man Who Saw Everything – Deborah Levy

When the 2019 Booker Prize longlist was announced, The Man Who Saw Everything was one of the books on the list that intrigued me most. It is a slim book, with this evocative cover bursting with hazy colours of late autumn. Deborah Levy is also an established author with a portfolio of well-regarded works, but … Continue reading Review: The Man Who Saw Everything – Deborah Levy

Review: Shelf Life – Livia Franchini

Shelf Life by Livia Franchini is a quirky novel structured around a shopping list written in the week our central character, Ruth, finds that her relationship of ten years has come to an end. Everyday shopping items like eggs, tomatoes, soup, pizza all take on significance and give us clues which gradually fill in the … Continue reading Review: Shelf Life – Livia Franchini