The Paradox Of Modern Life: Notes On A Nervous Planet – Book Review

This book review was originally written for ECBC Manchester's book club and can be read on their website here. You know those days when the world seems to be running on high speed around you: the days when your mind is abuzz with all the should and musts and the endless to-dos and you can’t [...]

Dear Books…

Dear Books, How long is it now that we've been friends? I lose track - too many years to count. You were there before I even really understood you. Before I could read your words and decipher your tales for myself. Before I could even determine which way your pages turned or which part of [...]

There Will Be Music Again – Book Review: The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton

I wasn't getting on with my chosen book. I could feel myself falling into a reading slump. I was also tired and anxious and in need of something to take me out of myself. I stumbled across Anstey Harris' The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton sitting on a supermarket shelf as I did the weekly shop. I had never heard [...]

Dance for them as well… Book Review: The Wisdom Of Sally Red Shoes

It's time for another book review! Huge thanks to Two Roads and NetGalley for sending me a review copy of Ruth Hogan's The Wisdom Of Sally Red Shoes. I finished reading this last weekend and it's taken me a little time to gather my thoughts on it. I first discovered Hogan's writing when I read [...]

It’s Elementary My Dear… – Book Review: A Study In Brimstone

Follow my blog with Bloglovin A few months ago the fabulous G.S.Denning got in touch with me on Instagram to ask if I would like to receive a review copy of his book, Warlock Holmes: A Study In Brimstone. A fantasy retelling of Sherlock Homes full of irreverent humour and Holmes is a hopeless warlock? [...]

A Life’s Made Of Hope…

“Yes, the night has dark bits, but it has stars too, And you’ll feel when they shine, That they shine just for you, You will step outside and see from the park, That the light is brighter when it’s next to the dark. You will have so many great times ahead, And soft happy dreams [...]

Believe Me – Social Media Tour

I will admit that when I'm looking for a new read thrillers are rarely my go to. In fact, they're never my go to. But when Quercus contacted me to ask if I'd be interested in receiving a review copy of JP Delaney's Believe Me, and I read the marketing blurb, I was intrigued. From the Quercus [...]

The Long Awaited Music Of Words

Being a mood reader, there are not often books that I eagerly anticipate the release of; that I cannot wait to get my hands on and that I clamour for an early copy of. I usually browse in bookshops or see what takes my fancy on Bookstagram and pick up what takes my fancy. But [...]

Share a Story

Hello lovely people. It's been a whole month since I last spent any time in my little corner of the internet; I kept thinking about writing various posts but never actually managed to get around to doing it, partly because it's been ridiculously busy and partly because I've had a bit of a rough mental [...]

Sacred Stories

Every now and again we come across a story that sticks with us. Words or characters that speak to our experiences or our hopes or our fears; a tale that brings us comfort or inspiration. For me, finding a story like that is akin to a spiritual experience: in the moment that story moves me [...]