Review: After the Green Withered

After The Green Withered by Kristin Ward (Independently Published) We first meet our heroine Enora Byrne on a Tuesday morning, as the six o'clock siren goes off in their small Northwestern town. Enora must go to school, and her parents to work in the mill. They cannot wash today, they barely have enough to drink … Continue reading Review: After the Green Withered



Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood & Dan Richards (Faber & Faber) In July 2005 (or 2004, depending on if you take the date from the flyleaf or the text, but what does it matter...this is a book filled with timelessness anyway) Robert Macfarlane and Roger Deakin traveled to explore the holloways of South Dorset's… Continue reading Holloway

Almanac Inspired: February

The Plan: A diary style post per month, drawing my inspiration from The Almanac by Lia Leendertz Each monthly section of The Almanac begins with a paragraph on the naming of the month. February is one of the months whose name seems the vary greatly across the various languages of the British isles. One in particular is a joy… Continue reading Almanac Inspired: February

Blog Tour!: Apple Island Wife: Slow Living in Tasmania

Apple Island Wife by Fiona Stocker (Unbound) Who hasn't dreamed of leaving the rat race and settling in the countryside somewhere? I have, but haven't managed it (yet!). Unlike me Fiona Stocker did manage it. Living in Queensland, she and her family upped-sticks and moved to Tasmania, a land of promise, wilderness, wallabies, hens...and alpacas.… Continue reading Blog Tour!: Apple Island Wife: Slow Living in Tasmania

Review: Snow

Snow, by Marcus Sedgewick (Little Toller) I must come clean here at the start and declare myself a huge fan of snow. I become giddy at the thought of it, watching the forecast like a hawk, feeling genuine disappointment when the clock ticks round and no snow arrives. As I write this*, in Oxfordshire in… Continue reading Review: Snow

Review: The Story Keeper

The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola (Tinder Press) Audrey Hart is on the Isle of Skye to collect folk tales from the island community - a community which has for the most part been devastated by emigration and the Highland Clearances. It is no wonder the crofters are suspicious of an outsider - even one… Continue reading Review: The Story Keeper

Almanac Inspired: January

This is my plan - I'll do a diary style post per month, drawing my inspiration from The Almanac by Lia Leendertz Last year I didn't manage to buy this lovely book until September, but once I had it I loved it...I ordered the 2019 one in November last year so I didn't make the… Continue reading Almanac Inspired: January