Don’t Look Now – Daphne du Maurier

“Anxiety had turned to fear, to panic. Something had gone terribly wrong.” Earlier this year, I read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for the first time. I was completely blown away and immediately picked up My Cousin Rachel, which I also adored. So, when I saw this collection of short stories, I had to buy…

The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood

“But I’ve always been of a determined nature. Patient, they used to call me. I like to see a thing through to the end.” You know you’re in for a treat when you come across a retelling of a Greek myth by Margaret Atwood. I love the magical, escapist nature of the Greek myths with…

So Much Life Left Over – Louis de Bernières

“War makes everything simple. There’s a tunnel in front of you and you put your head down, and you struggle forward for the light at the end of it, one bloody impossible step at a time, and it frees you up somehow.” I have always liked Louis de Bernières. I loved the flowing, heart warming…

The Gloaming – Kirsty Logan

“To stay in the gloaming is to hold off the night. But if the night never comes, then neither can the day.” One of my favourite things to do is to read books with no idea of the plot or blurb. You can dive in without the heavy knowledge of other people’s good (or bad)…

The Awakening – Kate Chopin

“He could see plainly that she was not herself. That is, he could not see that she was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.” When The Awakening was published in 1899, it caused a huge scandal. Chopin had previously…

Laughter in the Dark – Vladimir Nabokov

“A certain man once lost a diamond cuff-link in the wide blue sea, and twenty years later, on the exact day, a Friday apparently, he was eating a large fish – but there was no diamond inside. That’s what I like about coincidence.” ― Vladimir Nabokov, Laughter in the Dark This is the first novel…

Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh

“…any one who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. It is the people brought up in the gay intimacy of the slums, Paul learned, who find prison so soul destroying.” I have read Brideshead Revisited once, many years ago, but apart from that had never read…

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

“All your questions can be answered, if that is what you want. But once you learn your answers, you can never unlearn them.” I am so excited to finally be sharing this review with you. This book is long (635 pages!) and due to various commitments it took me about a month to read. But,…

Birds Without Wings – Louis de Bernieres

“Man is a bird without wings and a bird is a man without sorrow.” I adore Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The first time I read it was on holiday, sitting in the sun listening to the birds and the crickets, the scents of oranges and lemons filling the air. I am taken back every time I…

Brushstrokes in Time – Sylvia Vetta

“I come into this world Bringing only paper, rope, a shadow.” My Bank Holiday Monday has not quite gone the way I expected it to. I had planned a Spring clean, preparations for the coming week at work, perhaps a walk. None of this has yet happened. I have instead read, from start to finish,…

Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman

I have always adored Norse Mythology. I love the way that the Gods are, despite being all-powerful, as flawed as humans. Thor is reckless. Odin is self-centred. Loki – well, Loki is the most amazing character I have ever come across. Greedy, cunning and always scheming. I’ve read many depictions of Norse mythology, from many…

Quicksand – Malin Persson Giolito

  “You are innocent until the courts have ruled that you are guilty. What kind of weird statement is that? Either you’re innocent all along, or else you did it, right from the start.” I’d never heard of Malin Persson Giolito before I picked up this book, drawn in by its cover and a description…