Blog Tour: The Botanist’s Daughter, by Kayte Nunn

Time to celebrate the magic of plants! But first, we have to celebrate the magic of this book cover, because I am absolutely in love with it. It is a thing of beauty, and hats off to the design team behind it. They have some good stuff to work with, though. The Botanist's Daughter is a lovely …

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Blog Tour: Stanley and Elsie, by Nicola Upson

Time for a very small literary confession: I know next to nothing about the world of art. But when Duckworth Publishers (hello, guys!) asked me to review their latest release, it looked too interesting to pass up. The First World War is a fascinating time to write about, but what's more interesting is the aftermath …

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Blog tour: Crossing the Line, by Laura Wilkinson

Here's a confession that might make some people feel old: I don't remember the nineteen-eighties. I wasn't even born in them. So reading Laura Wilkinson's novel on the pit closures and the struggles of the miners felt like a real eye-opener. The biggest shock is that it wasn't actually all that long ago. Forty years …

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Review: Once Upon A River, by Diane Setterfield

I'll come right out and say it: this was a lyrical, moving treat of a novel. Written in the same style as The Essex Serpent, it's every bit as good as Sarah Perry's prize-winning novel, and a good deal more heart-wrenching, too. Once Upon A River is a book where nothing is what it seems, where folklore and …

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