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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… Continue reading Book Review: New Boy by Tracy Chevalier
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… Continue reading Stop Number Two: Daunt Books
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… Continue reading Book Review: The Irregular by H.B Lyle
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… Continue reading Review: A Line Made By Walking