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AJ Pearce makes it to Guardian faces of fiction 2018 & THE HUSBAND HUNTERS Book of the week and AJ's on the list of Guardian new faces of fiction 2018! So happy for my talented author pal. Well done lovely AJ Pearce - a well deserved mention on the annual list of upcoming stars! So proud. (AJ is in black n red dress.) Her new book Dear Mrs Bird, which I reviewed on my book of the week blog on my website last week, is out in 2018 , so she has been named as one of the new faces of fiction for 2018 - by the Guardian, no less! Last year or the…
book of the week - Three Things About Elsie Book of the Week this week is all about the brilliant second novel from Joanna Cannon – author of ‘The Trouble with Goats and Sheep.’ It’s called ‘All About Elsie’ and her delightful turn of phrase thrills readers, including me, as she describes lovingly an older lady’s experiences. There are three things you should know about Elsie: The first thing is that she’s my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining. 84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at…
book of the week - an advance copy of April debut 'Dear Mrs Bird' It is with absolute joy that I nominate as Book of the Season, 'Dear Mrs Bird.' Launching on april 5th, it's currently on pre-order on amazon here, including on a very well narrated audiobook. I love anything vintage, and this is right up my street. I finished it - the hard copy (paperback publicity copy) - in three sessions. And each night I looked forward to re-joining the blitz spirit, rooting for the heroine Emmy, and adoring some of the turns of phrase befitting of the 1940s wartime setting. Blimmin' loved it - with bells on. Please go pre-order it,…
book of the week - Fingersmith by Sarah Waters; and tackling writer's block by Julie Cohen Book of the week – still enjoying ‘Fingersmith’ – Victorian for pick pocket – about a case of fraud and subterfuge in 1860s England, love, cunning and surprise twists, Sarah Waters is doing it again as far as I’m concerned! She also wrote one of my top novels, set in the 1920s, ‘the Paying Guests’, audiobook brilliantly read by Juliet Stevenson. Well done her. "London 1862: Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves - fingersmiths - under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate…
Apprentice - no, the other one! An Audible original. In the week that the Apprentice on telly nears its logical conclusion, this one popped up on recommendations. Am still loving listening to last week's Ken Follett book, so thought I'd buy this one to listen to next. Similar era - and lots of research once more, which brings those bygone times to life. "This Original multicast drama blends history with fiction to tell the story of Jonah, a young apprentice from London who raises himself from poverty by wit and luck to become one of the most powerful merchants of the age. A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the…