Review: Shelter, by Sarah Franklin

Shelter is one of those rare books that manages to combine the sad and the heartwarming into one big, feelgood story that will have you welling up at points (it did me, at least). This book was written by a two-time judge of the Costa Short Story Award, so you know it’s going to be…

Review: The List, by Patricia Forde

It’s rare to find a YA book as thoughtful as this. Tackling complex themes like climate change, humanity and, above all, the affect that language can have on us, and how it can shape our lives, this book blends them all into a classic story about a girl trying to find her feet in a…

Review: How To Stop Time, by Matt Haig

There have been plenty of novels written about time travel. The Time Traveller’s Wife explored it from a more relationship-oriented point of view; Claire North’s exceptional The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was a touching and complex portrayal of friendship across many lifetimes. But when it comes to simply living, nothing can match the…

Review: We Other, by Sue Bentley

I owe a quick thank you before we start to Sue Bentley, who kindly sent me a copy of this book! Getting that in the post was extremely exciting. I do have a weakness for fantasy, as might be evident from my choice of book reviews, and for YA in particular: so often, it’s about…

Review: The Breakdown, by B.A Paris

On the face of it, The Breakdown has all the ingredients I like to see in my psychological novel to-read pile. It was written by an author whose debut novel was excellent, and contained some good old-fashioned domestic drama and inner turmoil of the kind that always makes for an edge-of-your-seat read. So needless to…