Blog Tour: You Are What You Read

You Are What You Read by Jodie Jackson (Unbound) As I clatter out this post on the deadline - pretty much like any number of journalists are required to do ten times a day, apparently - we've just had the European Parliament elections, Trump (ugh) is in the UK , politics seems quite insane and… Continue reading Blog Tour: You Are What You Read

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Blog Tour: The Good Bee

The Good Bee - A Celebration of Bees and How To Save Them by Alison Benjamin & Brian McCallum (Michael O'Mara Books) The remarkably loud buzzing of a bumble bee in early spring, as it somehow* flies from place to place like a noisy levitating pompom is one of the loveliest sounds, a sign we… Continue reading Blog Tour: The Good Bee

Blog Tour : Blood on the Stone

Blood on the Stone by Jake Lynch (Unbound) It is March 1681 and Oxford is hosting the English Parliament under the ‘merry monarch’, King Charles II. As politicians and their hangers-on converge on the divided city, an MP is found murdered, triggering tensions that threaten mayhem on the streets.  Luke Sandys, Chief Officer of the Oxford Bailiffs, must… Continue reading Blog Tour : Blood on the Stone

Review: Outpost

Outpost by Dan Richards (Canongate) I first saw this book go by in a picture on Twitter, the striking red roof of the little bothy dwarfed by the moor and mountains surrounding it. That, I thought, is a book I need to read. It hasn't disappointed - in fact I think it's one of the… Continue reading Review: Outpost

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

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