Review: Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

Ben Aaronovitch Lies Sleeping

I have a confession to make; I’m hooked on Ben Aaronovitch’s crime-fighting, fantasy series. What’s more, I have a sneaking suspicion that the Peter Grant stories may be based on truth. Somewhere out there, a group of wizards runs around London, solving supernatural crime for the Metropolitan Police Force…. Continue reading “Review: Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch”

NW by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith NWIt took me five years to pick up a copy of NW and now I’ve finally cracked it open I wish I hadn’t waited. One of the best novels I’ve read this year, it follows four Londoners; Natalie, Leah, Felix and Nathan. They all grew up on the same fictional council estate, but as adults lead very different lives. Continue reading “NW by Zadie Smith”

Not a fan of gore? Read this for Halloween

Among Others by Jo WaltonHalloween reading doesn’t get much better than this. Among Others is a novel for anyone who’d love to find Narnia in their wardrobe.

Author Jo Walton has woven a fantasy landscape where fairies can be seen by select believers. Set in the late 1970s in the UK, this is a genre-mash-up that mixes boarding school, coming of age stories and a big dollop of magic. Continue reading “Not a fan of gore? Read this for Halloween”

Sugar Money by Jane Harris

Sugar MoneyLRThis terrifying tale of exploitation was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Loosely based on a real story, it describes an escape attempt made by a group of slaves in 1765. Tragically, they weren’t making a bid for freedom. Conditions in Grenada were so horrific under the invading British they aimed to return to their far-from-kind French former owners. Continue reading “Sugar Money by Jane Harris”

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

How to stop timeLR

I’m sure you’ve met those annoying, smug people who can’t resist saying “the book’s better”, when you mention novels’ movie adaptations. Now I have to make a confession. Nine times out of ten, that awful person is me. If you’re exactly the same, I’d recommend picking up How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. Continue reading “How to Stop Time by Matt Haig”