Book Review: New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

As a self-confessed Shakespeare nut, I approached Tracy Chevalier’s New Boy with rather too much enthusiasm than was perhaps necessary. For those of you who don’t know, New Boy is part of a series commissioned by Hodder, for authors to rewrite Shakespeare for a more modern audience. Tracy Chevalier has chosen to tackle Othello and…

Stop Number Two: Daunt Books

Next stop is a quiet street in Marylebone, five minutes walk from the leafy beauty of Regent’s Park: Daunt Books, the home of the natty little canvas tote bags that seem to be on trend at the moment with book-lovers. And for good reason, because the store itself is a thing of beauty. Though it…

Book Review: The Irregular by H.B Lyle

Sherlock Holmes is back… kind of! H.B Lyle’s new book on The Irregular takes on the great detective and, for my money, does it justice. The thing I enjoyed so much about it was the way it blended fantasy with reality; escapism with more serious problems… and adds a touch of the Great Detective into…

Review: A Line Made By Walking

This is a slightly indie choice for a book review, but Sara Baume’s second novel is so interesting, and so unlike a lot of the commercial fiction that many of us read these days, that I think it’s well worth a blog post. First, though, a confession: I didn’t read her first novel, Spill Simmer Falter…