The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney (not really) reviewed

A confession: despite my pledge to read and review #SomeBooksofSummer-ish, I just couldn’t get on with Lisa McInerney’s Baileys Prize-winning debut novel The Glorious Heresies. It’s not you, Lisa, it’s me. Heresies is set in Cork city, where I am more or less from. Not only that, chunks of it take place in my side of… Read More The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney (not really) reviewed

The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent reviewed

Thinking about my review of The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent, the phrase that continuously sprang to mind was ‘very French’.  The blurb on the back cover (which I always avoid until after I’ve read a book) compares it to the film Amélie, which was precisely the comparison that kept coming to me. The Reader is similarly warm and… Read More The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent reviewed

The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman reviewed

Heartbreaking and beautiful, ML Stedman’s  The Light Between Oceans is one of those perfectly pitched, sweeping period novels you only come across every so often. The story begins in 1918, with young WWI veteran Tom Sherbourne recently returned to his native Australia after serving in the trenches in France. Though physically unmarked, he is tortured by his memories and… Read More The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman reviewed

Any day now

Between builders, decorating, visitors and back-to-school gubbins, I’ve been hard pressed to do any blogging over the past couple of weeks. But now that the builders have packed up their tools, the paint is dry, the B&B has closed its doors for the season and the child is ready (if unwilling) to be educated, I’m hoping… Read More Any day now